1839 - Sully Prudhomme
French poet and essayist, winner of the first Nobel Prize in Literature in 1901 "in special recognition of his poetic composition, which gives evidence of lofty idealism, artistic perfection and a rare combination of the qualities of both heart and intellect."
1884 - Eric P. Kelly
American journalist and children's book author who won the Newbery Award in 1929 for The Trumpeter of Krakow.
1885 - Emory Holloway
American scholar of Walt Whitman, one of whose biographies of him won a Pulitzer Prize in Biography
1920 - Sid Fleischman
American author best known for his children's books, in particular The Whipping Boy, which won the Newbery Medal in1987.
1948 - Margaret Weis
American fantasy novelist who was a co-creator of the Dragonlance game world.
1952 - Alice Hoffman
American novelist and young adult author, best known for her 1996 book Practical Magic.
1940 - Selma Lagerlöf
1963 - Laura Adams Armer