1868 - Maxim Gorky
Russian/Soviet writer founder of the Socialist Realism literary movement.
1909 - Nelson Algren
American writer, best known for his 1949 novel The Man with the Golden Arm, which was adapted into a movie starring Frank Sinatra.
1924 - Byrd Baylor
American author of children's books, four of which were Caldecott Honor books.
1936 - Mario Vargas Llosa
Peruvian-Spanish writer; recipient of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual's resistance, revolt and defeat."
1948 - Jayne Ann Krentz
American author of romance novels, who also writes under her maiden name, Jane Quick, and a pseudonym, Amanda Quick.
1968 - Iris Chang
American historian and journalist best known for her 1997 account of the Nanking Massacre, The Rape of Nanking.
1970 - Jennifer Weiner
American author, much of whose fiction deals with women's issues.
1977 - Lauren Weisberger
American author of the 2003 best seller The Devil Wears Prada.
1941 - Virginia Woolf
1993 - Scott Cunningham
2000 - Anthony Powell
2012 - Harry Crews
2013 - Robert V. Remini