1877 - Alice B. Toklas
American-born member of the early 20th century Parisian literary scene; lifelong companion of Gertrude Stein.
1888 - John Crowe Ransom
American poet, winner of a National Book Award for Poetry in 1964.
1938 - Larry Niven
American science fiction writer, best known for his Ringworld novels.
1945 - Annie Dillard
American author whose work Pilgrim at Tinker Creek won the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction.
1971 - John Boyne
Irish author of novels for both adults and younger readers.
1973 - Naomi Novik
American science fiction fantasy writer best known for her Temeraire series.
1795 - Jean-Jacques Barthélemy
1936 - A.E. Housman
1966 - Richard Fariña
1994 - Richard Scarry
2006 - Jean-François Revel