1815 - Anthony Trollope
English Victorian-era novelist, known for his novels set around the fictional county of Barsetshire.
1845 - Carl Spitteler
Swiss poet, winner of the 1919 Nobel Prize for Literature "in special appreciation of his epic, Olympian Spring."
1900 - Elizabeth Goudge
English author of novels and children's books.
1905 - Robert Penn Warren
American novelist and poet; winner of the Pulitzer Prize in both of those genres.
1908 - George Oppen
American poet, 1969 Pulitzer Prize winner.
1911 - Evaline Ness
American children's book author; winner of the 1967 Caldecott Medal for Sam, Bangs and Moonshine.
1923 - Doris Burn
American children's book author and Illustrator from the Pacific northwest.
1924 - Clement Freud
English writer, politician and chef, known for the children's book Grimble.
1934 - Shirley MacLaine
American actress and author of many new-agey autobiographies.
1939 - Brian Garfield
American writer who has won awards in both fiction and non-fiction genres.
1940 - Sue Grafton
American mystery author, particularly the Kinsey Millhone "alphabet series."
1731 - Daniel DeFoe
1942 - Lucy Maude Montgomery
1947 - Willa Cather
2017 - Robert M. Pirsig