1836 - Bret Harte
American author and poet, best remembered for his accounts of pioneering life in California.
1899 - Paul Herman Buck
American historian who won the 1938 Pulitzer Prize for History for The Road to Reunion, 1865-1900.
1921 - Brian Moore
Northern Irish novelist and screenwriter, known for his depictions of life in Northern Ireland after WWII.
1925 - Thea Astley
Australian novelist and short story writer who won many prizes for Australian fiction.
1933 - Patrick McManus
American humor writer, whose columns focusing on the outdoors have been gathered into popular books.
1935 - Charles Wright
American poet; winner of both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.
1937 - Virginia Auwer Wolff
American author of children's books, most well known for her Make Lemonade series.
1938 - Frederick Forsyth
English author of thriller novels who has many best-selling titles to his name.
1942 - Howard Jacobsen
British author and journalist whose The Finkler Question won the 2010 Booker Prize.
1946 - Charles Ghigna
American author of children's books, who also goes by the name Father Goose.
1949 - Martin Amis
British novelist and son of celebrated author Kingsley Amis.
1959 - Ian Falconer
American children's book author and illustrator, best known for his Olivia books.
1959 - Lane Smith
American children's book author and illustrator, best known for his collaborations with Jon Scieszka.
1956 - Alfred Kinsey
1976 - Eyvind Johnson
1984 - Truman Capote
2003 - Tom Feelings