1860 - Charlotte Perkins Gilman
American sociologist and writer, now remembered best for her semi-autobiogrpahical work The Yellow Wallpaper.
1876 - Ralph Barton Perry
American philosopher whose book on William James won the 1936 Pulitzer Prize for Biography.
1883 - Franz Kafka
German author of novels and short stories. Well-known works include The Metamorphosis and The Penal Colony.
1908 - M.F.K. Fisher
Full name Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher, an American food writer. Prolific - 27 books, mostly about traveling and eating in France and California.
1937 - Tom Stoppard
A British playwright and screenwriter. Has won many awards, including those for Arcadia and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.
1947 - Dave Barry
Pulitzer Prize-winning author and columnist. His humor column ran in the Miami Herald from 1983 to 2005. Novels include Big Trouble, as well as the Peter and the Starcatchers series, written with Ridley Pearson.
1952 - Rohinton Mistry
Indian-born Canadian writer, most well known for his novel A Fine Balance, which was an Oprah Book Club selection in November 2001.
1954 - Franny Billingsley
American author of award-winning children's fantasy books.
1958 - Charlie Higson
An English actor, comedian and author, known for dystopian fiction and for writing the Young Bond series.
1964 - Joanne Harris
British author, whose novel Chocolat was made into a feature film starring Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche
1908 - Joel Chandler Harris
1974 - John Crowe Ransom