1920 - Paul Scott
British writer, winner of the 1977 Booker Award for Staying On.
1925 - Flannery O'Connor
American author in the Southern Gothic style whose works dealt with questions of morality and ethics.
1934 - Gloria Steinem
American feminist and leader of the Women's Liberation movement in the 1960's and 70's.
1946 - Stephen Hunter
American author of thrillers, in particular the Bob Lee Swagger series. Won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism for his film reviews.
1958 - Susie Bright
American "sex-positive feminist" author.
1960 - Linda Sue Park
American author of teen fiction who won the 2002 Newbery Medal for A Single Shard.
1964 - Kate DiCamillo
American writer of children's fiction, most notably Because of Winn-Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux, both of which were adapted into feature films.
1914 - Frédéric Mistral
1980 - James Wright