1802 - Victor Hugo
French poet and novelist, best known for Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.
1909 - Fanny Craddock
Pseudonym of Phillis Nan Sortain Pechey, English food writer with a decidedly unappetizing pen name.
1918 - Theodore Sturgeon
American science fiction and horror author whose best known work is More Than Human.
1948 - Sharyn McCrumb
American writer whose fiction series' tend to center around Appalachia.
1949 - Elizabeth George
American author of mysteries set in Great Britain; creator of the Inspector Lynley character.
1956 - Michel Houellebecq
French author, director and magician (?), winner of the 2010 Prix Goncourt for The Map and the Territory.
1962 - Atiq Rahimi
French-Afghan writer and filmmaker whose 2008 novel Syngue Sabor (The Patience Stone) won the Prix Goncourt.
2014 - Phyllis Krasilovsky