1866 - Beatrix Potter
English author and illustrator who became famous for her children's stories, such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
1887 - Willard Price
Canadian-born American author whose Adventure series followed the travels of teenage zoologists Hal and Roger Hunt.
1909 - Malcolm Lowry
English poet and novelist who was best known for his novel Under the Volcano, which was voted No. 11 in the Modern Library 100 Best Novels list.
1927 - John Ashbery
American poet who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1976 for his collection Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror.
1932 - Natalie Babbitt
American author of children's books, whose novels Tuck Everlasting and The Eyes of the Amaryllis have both been made into movies.
1945 - Jim Davis
American cartoonist, known for the Garfield cartoon strips and books.
1946 - Robert Asprin
American science fiction and fantasy author, known for his humorous series.
1956 - John Feinstein
American sportswriter, whose books mainly focus on basketball and golf.
1959 - William T. Vollman
American novelist who won the 2005 National Book Award for Fiction for his novel, Europe Central.
1960 - Jon J. Muth
American children's and comic artist, known for his painted techniques.
1963 - Michael Ruhlman
American author and foodie icon, who has written about the restaurant industry and collaborated on fine cookbooks.
1655 - Cyrano de Bergerac
1965 - Edogawa Rampo
2001 - Ahmed Sofa
2006 - David Gemmell
2012 - Carol Kendall