1871 - Marcel Proust
French novelist, best known for À la recherche du temps perdu, which is currently translated as In Search of Lost Time, but is also known as Remembrance of Things Past.
1875 - Edmund Clerihew Bentley
English novelist and humorist; after whom is named the clerihew, "an irregular form of humorous verse on biographical topics."
1903 - John Wyndham
The pen name of John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris, an English science fiction writer known for post-apocalyptic novels like The Day of the Triffids.
1905 - Mildred Benson
American children's book author who wrote many of the early Nancy Drew books under the pen name Carolyn Keene.
1916 - Martin Provensen
American illustrator of children's books, who collaborated with his wife Mildred on many titles, and won the 1984 Caldecott Medal for The Glorious Flight.
1922 - Jean Kerr
American author and playwright whose best-known book was the book of humorous essays Please Don't Eat the Daisies, which was made into a film and TV series.
1931 - Alice Munro
Canadian author, winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature for being "master of the contemporary short story."
1931 - Julian May
An American science fiction, fantasy and horror author, known for her Saga of Pliocene Exile series.
1863 - Clement Clark Moore
1980 - Joseph Krumgold
1993 - Ruth Krauss
2003 - Winston Graham
2005 - A.J. Quinnell