1860 - J.M. Barrie
Scottish author now most remembered as the creator of Peter Pan.
1906 - Eleanor Estes
American children's author, winner of the Newbery Medal for her book Ginger Pye.
1916 - William Pène du Bois
American children's author and illustrator; Newbery winner and two-time Caldecott runner-up.
1920 - Richard Adams
English novelist whose most famous work is Watership Down.
1921 - Mona Van Duyn
American poet, U.S. Poet Laureate from 1992-1993.
1926 - John Middleton Murry Jr.
English novelist who wrote under the pen names Colin Murry and Richard Cowper.
1935 - Roger Hargreaves
English children's book author and illustrator, best known for the Mr. Men and Little Miss series.
1938 - Charles Simic
Serbian-American poet, winner of the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for The World Doesn't End.
1950 - Jorie Graham
American poet, winner of the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.
1805 - Friedrich Schiller
1945 - Forrest Wilson
1946 - William Cabell Bruce
1968 - George Dillon
1977 - James Jones
1981 - Nelson Algren
2007 - Alfred D. Chandler Jr.