1819 - John Ruskin
English art critic of the Victorian Era, known for his five volume work Modern Painters.
1828 - Jules Verne
French author and pioneer in the science fiction genre.
1850 - Kate Chopin
American novelist and short story writer, most known for her novel The Awakening.
1911 - Elizabeth Bishop
American poet and writer; Pulitzer and National Book Award winner and U.S. Poet Laureate from 1959 to 1950.
1924 - Lisel Mueller
American poet, also a winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.
1926 - Neal Cassady
Majorn figure of the Beat Generation, the model for the Dean Moriarty character in Kerouac's On The Road.
1955 - John Grisham
American author of bestselling legal thrillers.
1969 - Mary Robinette Kowal
American science fiction author and puppeteer.
1998 - Halldór Laxness
2008 - Phyllis A. Whitney