1771 - Sir Walter Scott
Scottish writer known to players of the card game Authors as the author of Ivanhoe, The Lady of the Lake, Kenilworth and The Talisman.
1785 - Thomas de Quincey
English essayist, best known for his Confessions of an English Opium-Eater. Apparently he ate opium.
1858 - E. (Edith) Nesbit
English children's author, whose most well known work for American audiences is probably The Railway Children.
1872 - Sri Aurobindo
Indian yogi and nationalist whose writings "synthesized Eastern and Western philosophy, religion, literature, and psychology."
1885 - Edna Ferber
American author and playwright. Her So Big won the 1924 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and a few of her other works were made into popular films.
1912 - Julia Child
American author and television personality, whose Mastering The Art of French Cooking is still a classic of the genre.
1922 - Leonard Baskin
American artist, illustrator and author of books of his illustrations.
1944 - Linda Ellerbee
American journalist and author, known for her NBC News programs, her memoirs and her Girl Reporter series of books.
1949 - Garry Disher
Australian author of crime fiction as well as young adult literature.
1954 - Stieg Larsson
Swedish journalist and writer, most well known for the popular Millenium (The Girl Who...) series.