1759 - Robert Burns
Scottish poet of the Romantic era; known as the national poet of Scotland.
1874 - W. Somerset Maugham
British writer, one of the most popular novelists of his generation.
1882 - Virginia Woolf
English writer of the Modernist movement; member of the Bloomsbury group.
1905 - Margery Sharp
English author best known for her children's story The Rescuers, which was later adapted into two Disney movies.
1935 - J. G. Farrell
Irish author, two of whose Empire trilogy titles won the Booker Prize.
1950 - Gloria Naylor
African-American novelist, most well known for her debut novel, The Women of Brewster Place.
1970 - Stephen Chbosky
American novelist, author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
1908 - Ouida
2011 - Vincent Cronin