1868 - Edmund Rostand
French poet and dramatist best known for his play Cyrano de Bergerac.
1875 - Edgar Wallace
English writer now most famous as the co-creator of King Kong, as well as many mysteries.
1922 - William Manchester
American historian and biographer; recipient of the National Humanities Medal.
1926 - Anne McCaffrey
American-born Irish writer, much of whose science fiction is set on the fictional world of Pern.
1929 - Milan Kundera
Czech-born, naturalized French author whose works like The Unbearable Lightness of Being were banned by the communist government of Czechoslovakia.
1942 - Samuel R. Delany
American author, primarily of science fiction, for which he is a multiple Nebula Award winner.
1947 - Francine Prose
American novelist and literature professor.
1970 - Brad Meltzer
American author of political thrillers.
1984 - Elizabeth Goudge
1985 - Douglass Wallop
2011 - Manning Marable