1858 - Charles Chestnutt
African-American author best known for his works exploring racial identity in the South.
1910 - Josephine Johnson
American writer whose firs novel, Now in November, won the 1935 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
1912 - Anthony Buckeridge
English author known for his Jennings and Rex Milligan series of children's books.
1951 - Paul Muldoon
Irish poet; winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.
1952 - Vikram Seth
Indian novelist and poet, author of books like A Suitable Boy and The Golden Gate.
1953 - Robert Crais
American author of detective fiction, in particular his Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series.
1955 - E. Lynn Harris
American author best known for his novels featuring closeted gay African-American men.
1999 - Clifton Fadiman
2005 - Larry Collins