1849 - Emma Lazarus
American poet best known for her poem "The New Colussus," which appears on the base of the Statue of Liberty.
1884 - Odell Shepard
American professor, poet and politician who won the 1938 Pulitzer Prize for Biography for Pedlar's Progress.
1898 - Stephen Vincent Benét
American author best known for John Brown's Body, a book-length poem about the Civil War which won a Pulitzer Prize in 1929.
1908 - Amy Vanderbilt
American authority on etiquette, active in the 1950's and 1960's.
1936 - Tom Robbins
American author whose poetic, irreverent novels have been a counterculture favorite.
1941 - David M. Kennedy
American historian whose Freedom From Fear won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize in History.
1948 - S.E. (Susan Eloise) Hinton
American author best known for her young adult novel The Outsiders, which was made into a movie in 1983.
1916 - James Whitcomb Riley
1932 - J. Meade Falkner
1967 - Carl Sandburg
1990 - Manuel Puig