1873 - Colette
Last name of Sidonie-Gabriel Collette, French novelist and performer best known for her novel Gigi.
1915 - Nien Cheng
Chinese author whose Life and Death in Shanghai recounts her experiences in China's Cultural Revolution.
1927 - Vera Williams
American children's writer and illustrator, best known for her book A Chair for My Mother.
1928 - Philip Levine
American poet, winner of the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.
1935 - David Lodge
English author and literary critic whose novels satirize campus life.
1936 - Ismail Kadare
Albanian writer and poet, winner of the International Booker Prize.
1945 - John Perkins
American author best known for his book Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.
1954 - Rick Warren
American evangelical pastor and author, whose book The Purpose Driven Life has sold over 30 million copies.
1959 - Megan McDonald
American author of children's books, most notably the Judy Moody series.
1968 - Analdur Indriðason
Icelandic writer of crime fiction; most notably featuring Detective Erlendur.
1939 - W.B. Yeats
1960 - Zora Neale Hurston
1978 - Ward Moore
1996 - Joseph Brodsky
2002 - Astrid Lindgren