1900 - Laura Z. Hobson
American author best known for her novel Gentleman's Agreement, which explored the problem of antisemitism in the United States.
1919 - Pauline Kael
American film critic and author who is associated with The New Yorker magazine.
1945 - Tobias Wolff
American author known for his memoirs, This Boy's Life, as well as two novels.
1947 - Salman Rushdie
British Indian author who won the 1981 Booker Prize for Midnight's Children, and sparked worldwide controversy in 1988 with The Satanic Verses.
1947 - John Ralston Saul
Canadian novelist and essayist; president of the writer's association PEN International.
1937 - J.M. Barrie
1993 - William Golding
2013 - Vince Flynn
2015 - James Salter