1892 - Pearl S. Buck
An American writer, known for The Good Earth, which won the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel in 1932. Much of her time was spent in China, where she was known as Sai Zhenzhju ( 賽珍珠)
1905 - Lynd Ward
An American artist and storyteller, known for his wordless novels illustrated with woodcuts and watercolors.Won the Caldecott Medal in 1950 and 1953 (The Biggest Bear), and also illustrated two Newbery Medal winners.
1914 - Laurie Lee
English poet and novelist whose best known work was an autobiographical trilogy.
1915 - Charlotte Zolotow
American author of children's books, mother of the author Crescent Dragonwagon.
1916 - Virginia Satir
American author and psychotherapist, know for her work in family therapy.
1922 - Walter Farley
American author, known for his Black Stallion series.
1931 - Colin Wilson
English author of both fiction and non-fiction, whose philosophical works he calls phenomenological existentialism.
1936 - Edith Pearlman
American short story writer who was a 2011 finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction.
1936 - Nancy Willard
American Children's author, who won the Newbery Medal in 1982 for A Visit to William Blake's Inn.
1943 - Warren Farrell
American author of books on men's and women's issues.
1939 - Ford Madox Ford
1957 - Malcolm Lowry
2012 - Nora Ephron
2014 - Mary Rodgers