1892 - Thorne Smith
American writer of humorous supernatural fantasy fiction; notably his two Topper novels, which were fairly racy for the 1930s.
1914 - Budd Schulberg
American novelist and screenwriter. Known more for his film work than his books, yet some of them were made into movies.
1922 - Barnaby Conrad
American artist and author, best known for his novel Matador.
1922 - Dick King-Smith
English author of children's books whose book The Sheep-Pig was published in the US as Babe The Gallant Pig, and adapted into the movie Babe.
1923 - Louis Simpson
Jamaican poet; winner of the 1964 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for At the End of the Open Road.
1926 - Frank O'Hara
American poet; winner of the 1972 National Book Award for Poetry.
1942 - Michael Jackson
English writer and journalist; well known for his books on beer and whisky.
1952 - Dana Stabenow
American author most popular for her mysteries, usually set in Alaska.
1955 - Patrick McCabe
Irish author whose dark novels are set in modern-day Ireland.
1962 - Kevin J. Anderson
American science fiction author, working in the Star Wars universe in addition to his own works.
1918 - Henry Adams
1931 - Arnold Bennett
1987 - Martin Provensen
2006 - Stanisław Lem
2009 - Irving R. Levine
2012 - Adrienne Rich