1903 - Anaïs Nin
American author, born of Cuban/Hispanic parents in France. Known for her journals and erotica.
1907 - W.H Auden
Celebrated Anglo-American poet.
1927 - Erma Bombeck
American humor columnist known for her books chronicling and satirizing suburban life.
1935 - Richard A. Lupoff
American science fiction and mystery author.
1952 - Jeff Shaara
American author who has followed in the footsteps of his father, Michael Shaara, in writing historical fiction.
1954 - Victor Martinez
Mexican American poet and author, whose first novel, Parrot in the Oven: Mi Vida won the 1996 National Book Award for Young People's Literature.
1962 - Chuck Palahniuk
American author of "transgressional fiction," most well known for his novel Fight Club.
1962 - David Foster Wallace
American writer known for the work Infinite Jest, as well as his suicide at age 46.
1977 - Jonathan Safran Foer
American author known mostly for his fiction; husband of author Nicole Krauss.
1974 - James Daugherty
1984 - Mikhail Shokolov
1986 - Helen Hooven Santmeyer