1882 - Margaret Wilson
American novelist who won the 1928 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for The Able McLaughlins.
1923 - Anthony Hecht
American poet, winner of the 1968 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.
1928 - William Kennedy
American author and journalist, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1984 for his novel Ironweed.
1933 - Susan Sontag
American writer, political activist, and cultural icon.
1947 - Magdalen Nabb
British author best known for her Maresciallo Guarnaccia mysteries.
1948 - Ruth Reichl
American food writer; last editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine.
1952 - Julie Anne Peters
American author of young adult fiction, often concerning LGBT issues.
1958 - Marla Frazee
American children's author and illustrator, two-time Caldecott Honor recipient.
1968 - Rebecca Stead
American young people's author, winner of the 2010 Newbery Medal for When You Reach Me.
1970 - Garth Ennis
Graphic novel writer from Northern Ireland, best known for titles like Preacher and Hellblazer.
1794 - Edward Gibbons
1985 - Robert Fitzgerald
1996 - Marcia Davenport
2001 - Auberon Waugh
2013 - Pauline Phillips