1837 - William Dean Howells
American author and literary critic; creator of the novel The Rise of Silas Lapham.
1880 - Lytton Strachey
British author and critic, most known for his biographies.
1914 - Ralph Ellison
American novelist whose Invisible Man addressed many of the intellectual problems facing African Americans in the early 20th century.
1917 - Robert Lowell
American poet; winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1947 and 1974; U.S. Poet Laureate from 1947-48.
1921 - Richard Wilbur
American poet; winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1957 and 1989; U.S. Poet Laureate from 1987-88.
1941 - Robert Hass
American poet; Pulitzer and National Book Award winner and U.S. Poet Laureate from 1995-1997.
1946 - Jim Crace
English author of literary fiction.
1952 - Nevada Barr
American author (yes, born in Nevada - Yerington) best known for her Anna Pigeon mysteries.
1978 - Paul Scott
1983 - Arthur Koestler
2006 - Harry Browne
2017 - Paula Fox