1619 - Cyrano de Bergerac
Pen name of Hercule-Savinein de Cyrano de Bergerac, a French dramatist and duelist whose life furnished the framework for many later works about him.
1806 - Elizabeth Barrett Browning
English poet of the Victorian Era; one of the most prominent poets of her generation.
1885 - Ring Lardner
American writer best known for his satiric essays.
1917 - Will Eisner
American cartoonist and writer; popularizer of the term 'graphic novel."
1927 - Gabriel García Márquez
Colombian author of magic realist fiction; winner of the 1982 Nobel Prize for Literature "for his novels and short stories, in which the fantastic and realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination, reflecting a continent's life and conflicts.".
1959 - Chris Raschka
American children's author, winner of the 2006 Caldecott Medal for The Hello, Goodbye Window.
1888 - Louisa May Alcott
1948 - Ross Lockridge, Jr.
1973 - Pearl S. Buck
1974 - Ernst Becker
1982 - Ayn Rand