1840 - Alphonse Daudet
French novelist of the naturalist movement.
1907 - Daphne du Maurier
English author and playwright, many of whose books were adapted into films.
1937 - Roger Zelazny
American science fiction and fantasy author, best known for his Chronicles of Amber series.
1938 - Francine Pascal
American author; creator of the Sweet Valley series of young adult novels.
1940 - Bruce Chatwin
English novelist and travel writer.
1944 - Armistad Maupin
American writer known for the San Francisco-set series Tales of the City.
1947 - Charles Baxter
American author and poet, 2000 National Book Award Finalist.
1947 - Stephen R. Donaldson
American science fiction and fantasy writer most famous for his ten-novel series The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.
1947 - Alexander Keyssar
American historian, author of The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the U.S.
1950 - Manning Marable
American professor and author who won the Pulitzer Prize for History in for his book Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention.
1957 - Koji Suzuki
Japanese author whose Ring books were adapted into a manga series and then a feature film.
1916 - Sholem Aleichem
1987 - Richard Ellmann
1997 - Laurie Lee
2001 - R.K. Narayan