1878 - Carl Sandburg
American poet and author, three-time Pulitzer prize winner.
1883 - Khalil Gibran
Lebanese-American poet, best known for his 1923 book The Prophet.
1910 - Wright Morris
American author and photographer, two-time winner of the National Book Award for Fiction.
1915 - Alan Watts
British-born author and philosopher, known for popularizing Eastern religions in the West.
1931 - E.L. Doctorow
American author of fiction, who has been publishing since 1960.
1945 - Allen Appel
American novelist best known for his stories about time traveler Alex Balfour.
1945 - Barry Lopez
American writer whose Arctic Dreams won the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction.
1949 - Carolyn D. Wright
American poet, Guggenheim and MacArthur fellow, and winner of the 2010 National Book Award for Poetry.
1956 - Elizabeth Strout
American author whose Olive Kitteridge won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2009.
1960 - Nigella Lawson
English food writer and broadcaster with a variety of cookbooks.
1971 - Karin Slaughter
American crime writer whose fiction series are mostly based in Georgia.
1840 - Frances Burney
1882 - Richard Henry Dana, Jr.
1981 - A.J. Cronin
2000 - Ester Wier