1824 - Wilkie Collins
Victorian-era English novelist and lifelong friend of Charles Dickens.
1881 - Linnie Marsh Wolfe
American librarian who won the 1946 Pulitzer Prize for Biography for Son of the Wilderness: The Life of John Muir.
1897 - Dennis Wheatley
English author of thrillers and occult fiction, whose Gregory Sallust series was an inspiration for Ian Fleming's James Bond.
1917 - Peter Taylor
American author whose A Summons to Memphis won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1986.
1934 - Alexandra Ripley
American writer best known as the author of Scarlett, a sequel to Gone With The Wind.
1941 - Boris Vallejo
Peruvian-American painter known for his fantasy cover artwork.
1942 - Stephen Hawking
British theoretical physicist and author, whose popular works include the bestseller A Brief History of Time.
1944 - Terry Brooks
American writer of epic fantasy, mostly in his many Shannara series.
1945 - Nancy Bond
American children's author whose debut novel A String in the Harp won a Newbery Honor.
1951 - Karen Tei Yamashita
Japanese-American writer who teaches at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
1896 - Paul Verlaine
1938 - Johnny Gruelle
2013 - Antonio Frasconi