1872 - Max Beerbohn
English writer now best known for Zuleika Dobson, a parody of undergraduate life at Oxford.
1890 - Jean Rhys
The pen name of Ellen Gwendolyn Rees Williams, a Dominican author who lived in England from age 16 on. Her most well-known work is Wide Sargasso Sea, which was written as a prequel to Jane Eyre.
1899 - Jorge Luis Borges
Argentine essayist, poet and short-story writer.
1915 - James Tiptree, Jr.
The pen name of American science fiction author Alice Bradley Sheldon. Mostly writing short stories, she nevertheless broke down the barriers between writing seen as specifically male or female.
1922 - Howard Zinn
American academic historian, author, playwright, and social activist. He wrote more than 20 books, including his best-selling A People's History of the United States.
1936 - A.S. Byatt
The pen name of Dame Antonia Susan Duffy, who was listed by The Times as one of the 50 greatest British writers since 1945.
1937 - Susan Sheehan
American writer, winner of the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction for Is There No Place On Earth For Me?
1947 - Paulo Coelho
Brazilian novelist whose allegorical novel The Alchemist has been translated into more than 70 languages.
1948 - Alexander McCall-Smith
Rhodesian-born Scottish writer most well known as the author of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series.
1951 - Orson Scott Card
American author primarily known for his science fiction, in particular Ender's Game and the ensuing series.
American novelist; first Hispanic to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, in 1990 for The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love.
1963 - Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
Icelandic writer of crime fiction and children's books.
1977 - John Green
American author of young adult fiction, including the recently filmed The Fault in our Stars.
1923 - Kate Douglas Wiggin
2004 - Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
2006 - Leonard Levy