1863 - Anthony Hope
English writer best known for his adventure novel The Prisoner of Zenda.
1874 - Amy Lowell
American Imagist poet, winner of the 1926 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.
1935 - Lionel Fanthorpe
British priest and entertainer who wrote under a number of pseudonyms for the Badger Books label.
1940 - J.M. Coetzee
South-Africa born Australian author and winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature.
1944 - Alice Walker
American author and poet best known for the novel The Color Purple, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Literature and the National Book Award.
1881 - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
1906 - Paul Lawrence Dunbar
1979 - Allen Tate
2002 - Isabelle Holland