1778 - James Kirke Paulding
Early American writer, contemporary and friend of Washington Irving, and former Secretary of the Navy.
1893 - Dorothy Parker
American poet and writer known for her satiric wit.
1920 - Ray Bradbury
American science fiction writer best known for his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 and for the short story collections The Martian Chronicles and The Illustrated Man.
1935 - E. (Edna) Annie Proulx
American author whose novel The Shipping News won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for Fiction. Her short story Brokeback Mountain was made into the Hollywood film of the same name.
1947 - Will Hobbs
American author of young adult fiction.
1955 - Will Shetterly
American fantasy and science fiction writer best known for his 1997 novel Dogland.
1964 - Diane Setterfield
British author whose 2006 debut novel, The Thirteenth Tale, became a New York Times#1 bestseller.
1970 - Charlie Connelly
British author of humorous and enlightening travel narratives. He's been compared to Bill Bryson, Tony Hawks and Tim Moore.
1904 - Kate Chopin
1958 - Roger Martin du Gard
1979 - James T. Farrell
1987 - Joseph P. Lash
2009 - Elmer Kelton
2012 - Nina Bawden