Maxim Gorky [pseudonym meaning "Maxim the Bitter" of Aleksey Maximovich Pyeshkov] Russian author considered the "Father of Soviet Revolutionary Literature" and founder of the doctrine of socialist realism.
"How blessed are some people, whose lives have no fears, no dreads; to whom sleep is a blessing that comes nightly, and brings nothing but sweet dreams." Abraham "Bram" Stoker – - Irish novelist, best known today for his 1897 Gothic novel Dracula.
Alexandre Dumas (French author) was best known for his historical novels such as The Count Of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After. His parentage includes a french nobleman and an enslaved African woman (un-named).
STENDHAL One of the most original and complex French writers of the first half of the century, chiefly known for his works of fiction. His finest novels are Le Rouge et le noir and La Chartreuse de Parme
On January the Russian-born author and professor of biochemistry Isaac Asimov was born. He was best known for his science fiction works in which he coined the term 'robotics' and his popular science books.