1899 - Elizabeth Bowen
Irish novelist and short story writer of domestic fiction.
1917 - Gwendolyn Brooks
American poet; winner of the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and U.S. Poet Laureate in 1985.
1935 - Harry Crews
American novelist and playwright, general underground popular culture figure.
1941 - Georgess McHargue
American author and poet, mostly writing fiction and non-fiction for younger audiences.
1943 - Nikki Giovanni
American poet and children's book author.
1952 - Orhan Pamuk
Turkish novelist; winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature because he "in the quest for the melancholic soul of his native city has discovered new symbols for the clash and interlacing cultures."
1954 - Louise Erdrich
American author of novels, poetry and children's books generally featuring Native American characters.
1974 - Bear Grylls
British television personality and author of memoirs and survival guides.
1967 - Dorothy Parker
1970 - E.M.Forster
1979 - Forrest Carter
1980 - Elizabeth Craig
1980 - Henry Miller
2001 - Betty Neels