1886 - John Gould Fletcher
American Imagist poet; first Southern poet to win the Pulitzer Prize.
1892 - J.R.R. Tolkien
English philologist popularly known as the father of modern fantasy. I hope everyone has heard of him by now...
1898 - Carolyn Haywood
American children's author and illustrator, best known for her Eddie and Betsy books.
1963 - Alex Wheatle
Jamaican-British novelist whose works tend to deal with the Brixton riots, music scene, and his experiences.
1960 - Eric P. Kelly
2005 - Will Eisner