Author of such greats as: A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities, and many, many more.
Important because: he helped change society for the better through his writings. By using unique characters in serialized works, Dickens highlighted the underdogs of Victorian society and moved people to enact real change. He has also been attributed with rejuvenating the “spirit” of Christmas. Read more of Charles Dickens's biography.
Important to me because: I associate Charles Dickens with Christmas and college, since he was the subject of more than one class I took. Enough said?
***P.S. I have noticed that I haven't done any women yet! My favorite, Jane Austen, will be next. :)