Sergei Prokofiev, musician
April 23, 1891-March 5, 1953
Lives of the Musicians: Good Times, Bad Times (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt (Harcourt, 1993)
The Russian composer of Peter and the Wolf, dreamed of composing from an early age.
A collection of articles about Prokofiev can be found at The New York Times.