1820 - Anna Sewell
English novelist whose only published work was Black Beauty.
1844 - Paul Verlaine
French poet associated with the Symbolist movement.
1895 - Jean Giono
French author whose novels were mostly set in the south of France.
1903 - Countee Cullen
American poet and leading figure of the Harlem Renaissance.
1924 - Alan Davidson
British diplomat also known for his food writing, in particular the editing of the Oxford Companion to Food.
1928 - Tom Sharpe
English satirical author best known for his Wilt novels.
1956 - Edmund Clerihew Bentley
1964 - Nella Larsen
1967 - Jean Toomer
2006 - John McGahern