1792 - Percy Bysshe Shelley
English romantic poet. Literary giant. Died at 29.
1859 - Knut Hamsun
Norwegian author, winner of the 1920 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his monumental work, Growth of the Soil."
1913 - Robert Hayden
American poet, U.S Poet Laureate from 1976-1978.
1918 - Iceberg Slim
Robert Beck, also known as Iceberg Slim, was a reformed pimp and American author of urban fiction.
1965 - Dennis Lehane
American author, many of whose novels, like Mystic River and Shutter Island have been made into movies.
1875 - Hans Christian Andersen