1823 - Mary Boykin Chestnut
American author from South Carolina known for her published Civil War Diary.
1912 - William Lederer
American author of both non-fiction and novels; noted for The Ugly American, which was adapted into the film of the same name.
1914 - Octavio Paz
Mexican poet and diplomat; winner of the 1990 Nobel Prize for Literature "for impassioned writing with wide horizons, characterized by sensuous intelligence and humanistic integrity."
1924 - Leo Buscaglia
American author and motivational speaker, also known as "Dr. Love."
1926 - John Fowles
English author, possibly best known for his period romance The French Lieutenant's Woman.
1926 - Beni Montresor
Italian artist and children's book illustrator, winner of the 1965 Caldecott Medal for his work in May I Bring a Friend?
1932 - John Jakes
American writer best known for his American historical fiction.
1935 - Judith Rossner
American novelist whose 1975 book Looking for Mr. Goodbar is her most well known work.
1936 - Marge Piercy
American writer and political activist, author of the novel Gone to Soldiers.
1960 - Ian McDonald
British science fiction novelist known for his postcyberpunk fiction.
1855 - Charlotte Brontë
2002 - John Middleton Murry Jr.