1896 - André Breton
French writer and poet, fonder of Surrealism.
1902 - Kay Boyle
American writer, poet and political activist.
1903 - Louis Slobodkin
American sculptor and children's author and illustrator.
1904 - Maurice O'Sullivan
Irish language author, most well known for his memoir Twenty Years a'Growing.
1917 - Carson McCullers
American writer best known for her novel The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.
1926 - Ross Thomas
American author of crime fiction.
1937 - Terry Carr
American science fiction author and editor.
1943 - Homer Hickham
American author whose autobiographical novel Rocket Boys was the basis for the film October Sky.
1952 - Amy Tan
Chinese-American writer whose works explore mother-daughter relationships.
1958 - Helen Fielding
English novelist best known for creating the character Bridget Jones.
1963 - Laurell K. Hamilton
American fantasy/romance writer; author of the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series.
1964 - Jonathan Lethem
American author of genre-bending literary fiction.
1971 - Jeff Kinney
American children's author best known for the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books.
1951 - André Gide
1952 - Knut Hamsun
2002 - Virginia Hamilton
2016 - Umberto Eco
2016 - Harper Lee