1832 - Horatio Alger Jr.
American author known for "rags-to-riches" stories.
1901 - A.B. Guthrie Jr.
American writer who won the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel The Way West.
1926 - Michael Bond
English author most famous for his Paddington Bear books.
1926 - Amanda Cross
Pen name of American mystery writer Carolyn Gold Heilbrun, who also wrote academic works on feminism under her own name.
1951 - Frank Peretti
American author of Christian fiction, often involving the supernatural.
1955 - Jay McInerney
American writer, known for both his novels and his non-fiction about wine.
1957 - Claudia Emerson
American poet, winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.
1957 - Lorrie Moore
American author whose novels and short stories tend toward the poignant.
1599 - Edmund Spenser
1941 - James Joyce
2009 - W.D. Snodgrass