1812 - Robert Browning
English poet and playwright, married to the poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
1861 - Rabindranath Tagore
Bengali author; in 1913 first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature "because of his profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse, by which, with consummate skill, he has made his poetic thought, expressed in his own English words, a part of the literature of the west."
1867 - Władysław Reymont
Polish novelist, winner of the 1924 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his great national epic, The Peasants."
1892 - Archibald MacLeish
American poet and Librarian of Congress; three time winner af a Pulitzer Prize.
1927 - Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
German-born British and American novelist and screenwriter.
1931 - Gene Wolfe
American science fiction and fantasy writer.
1932 - Nonny Hogrogrian
Armenian-American children's author, two-time Caldecott Medal winner.
1940 - Angela Carter
English novelist best known for her 1984 work Nights at the Circus.
1943 - Peter Carey
Australian novelist; two-time Booker Prize winner.
1941 - James Frazer