1905 - Perry Miller
American historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, to whom Margaret Atwood dedicated her book The Handmaid's Tale.
1917 - Anthony Burgess
English writer, best known as the author of the dystopian novel A Clockwork Orange.
1930 - Sister Wendy Beckett
British hermit who presented a series of programs on the meaning of art for the BBC in the 1980's.
1942 - John Saul
American author of suspense and horror novels.
1942 - Cynthia Voight
American young adult author, winner of the 1983 Newbery Medal for Dicey's Song.
1949 - Amin Maalouf
Lebanese-born French author, winner of the Prix Goncourt in 1993 for The Rock of Tanios.
1949 - Jack Handey
American humorist and, um, "deep thinker."
1964 - Grace Metalious
1983 - Tennessee Williams
1998 - W.O. Mitchell
2001 - A.R. Ammons
2001 - L.R. Wright
2009 - Philip José Farmer