1818 - Thomas Mayne Reid
Scots-Irish American adventure novelist.
1886 - Frank Luther Mott
American historian and journalist; winner of a 1939 Pulitzer in History for A History of American Magazines.
1896 - Robert E. Sherwood
American Pulitzer-winning playwright, who also won a Pulitzer for Biography for a book on FDR.
1908 - Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
American author whose upbringing in a house of 12 children provided the material for the memoir Cheaper by the Dozen.
1914 - Marguerite Duras
Saigon-born French author and screenwriter whose childhood in Asia informs her fiction setting.
1928 - Maya Angelou
American author and poet, best known for her series of autobiographical works.
1932 - Johanna Reiss
Dutch-born American writer, Caldecott Medal winner for An Upstairs Room.
1942 - Elizabeth Levy
American author of children's books, known for the Something Queer is Going On
1942 - Kitty Kelley
American author of unauthorized biographies of the famous and powerful.
1948 - Dan Simmons
American author of science fiction, most notably the Hyperion Cantos.
1991 Max Frisch