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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930). British writer of many genres, including mystery, detective, fantasy, science fiction, historical, and nonfiction. Best know for his Stories of Sherlock Holmes and The Lost World.

Barbara Christian (1943–2000), professor of African American studies, & pioneer of contemporary American literary feminism, author & editor of books, c. 100 published articles & reviews, Christian was best known for her landmark study, "Black Women Novelists: The Development of a Tradition," which appeared in 1980 after the rediscovery of important women writers, as Zora Neale Hurston & Nella Larsen. She was among the first to focus national attention on writers as Toni Morrison & Alice…

Dr. Seuss (© File/AP Photo) Theodor Seuss Geisel's (1904-1991) first book was rejected by 27 different publishers. He's now one of the most popular children's book authors ever.

Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906) Henrik Johan Ibsen was a major 19th-century Norwegian playwright, theatre director, and poet. He is often referred to as "the father of realism".

Daphne du Maurier 13 May 1907 – 19 April 1989) was a British author and playwright. Many of her works have been adapted into films, including the novels Rebecca (which won the Best Picture Oscar in 1941) and Jamaica Inn and the short stories The Birds and Don't Look Now. The first three were directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

Herman Melville (1819-1891) was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet. He is best known for his novel Moby-Dick. His first three books gained much contemporary attention (the first, Typee, becoming a bestseller), and after a fast-blooming literary success in the late 1840s, his popularity declined precipitously in the mid-1850s and never recovered during his lifetime. When he died in 1891, he was almost completely forgotten. It was not until the "Melville Revival" in…