1588 - Thomas Hobbes
English philosopher whose work Leviathan set the foundations of western political philosophy.
1837 - Algernon Charles Swinburne
English poet, playwright, novelist and contributor to the Encyclopaedia Britannica.
1904 - Richard Eberhart
American poet, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner.
1917 - Robert Bloch
American writer of horror and science fiction; most famous as the author of Psycho, the basis of the Hitchcock film.
1920 - Arthur Hailey
British/Canadian author known for books which were set inside a single industry, such as Airport, which was adapted into a series of films.
1937 - Joseph Lelyveld
American journalist and Pulitzer-prize winning author, much of whose work centered on South Africa.
1956 - Anthony Horowitz
English novelist and screenwriter, known for his children's novels and also his many British television credits.
1957 - Anu Garg
Indian author whose works explore the intricacies of the English language.
1997 - Allen Ginsberg
2005 - Saul Bellow
2014 - Peter Matthiessen