1836 - Bret Harte
American author and poet, best remembered for his accounts of pioneering life in California.
1921 - Brian Moore
Northern Irish novelist and screenwriter, known for his depictions of life in Northern Ireland after WWII.
1925 - Thea Astley
Australian novelist and short story writer who won many prizes for Australian fiction.
1933 - Patrick McManus
American humor writer, whose columns focusing on the outdoors have been gathered into popular books.
1938 - Frederick Forsyth
English author of thriller novels who has many best-selling titles to his name.
1946 - Charles Ghigna
American author of children's books, who also goes by the name Father Goose.
1949 - Martin Amis
British novelist and son of celebrated author Kingsley Amis.
1984 - Truman Capote