1819 - James Russell Lowell
American Romantic poet, associated with the Fireside Poets group.
1863 - Charles McLean Andrews
American historian; Pulitzer Prize in History winner for 1935.
1890 - Duff Cooper
British politician, diplomat and author.
1892 - Edna St. Vincent Millay
American feminist poet who received the 1923 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.
1925 - Edward Gorey
American writer and artist known for his illustrated books, often set in Edwardian and Victorian times.
1937 - Joanna Russ
American feminist writer, best known for the satiric novel The Female Man
1945 - Gerald Stern
American poet, winner of both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.
1947 - Richard North Patterson
American author of legal and political thrillers.
1973 - Elizabeth Bowen
1999 - William Bronk