1915 - Saul Bellow
Canadian-born American writer, winner of the National Book Award, Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and Nobel Prize for Literature "for the human understanding and subtle analysis of contemporary culture that are combined in his work."
1925 - Nat Hentoff
American novelist and jazz and country music critic.
1925 - James Salter
American novelist who retired from his career as an Air Force pilot after the publication of his first novel.
1928 - Maurice Sendak
American author and illustrator of children's books.
1929 - E.O. Wilson
American biologist and author, world's leading authority on myrmecology.
1930 - Aranka Siegal
Writer and Holocaust survivor, 1982 Newbery Honor recipient for her book Upon The Head of the Goat.
1936 - M.C. Beaton
Pseudonym of Scottish-born author Marion Chesney, known for her Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth mystery series.
1949 - Linda Lael Miller
American author of contemporary and historical romance novels.
1949 - Sigrid Undset
1988 - Louis L'Amour
1998 - Hammon Innes