1809 - Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Poet Laureate of the U.K. during Queen Victoria's reign. Known to players of the Authors card game for works such as Crossing the Bar, Idylls of the King, The Charge of the Light Brigade and The Brook.
1874 - Charles Fort
American writer and researcher into anomalous phenomena.
1911 - Constance Heaven
British romance author who won the Romantic Novel of the Year in 1976 for her title The House of Kuragin.
1916 - Richard Hofstadter
American historian and intellectual; two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction.
1917 - Barbara Cooney
American writer and illustrator of more than 200 children's books; two-time Caldecott Medal winner.
1926 - Elizabeth Beresford
British author of children's books, best known for creating The Wombles.
1934 - Piers Anthony
English American science fiction and fantasy writer, best known for his long-running series set in the realm of Xanth.
1972 - Paolo Bacigalupi
American science fiction and fantasy author, whose book The Wind-up Girl was a Hugo and Nebula winner.
1966 - Cordwainer Smith
2001 - Jorge Amado
2004 - Donald Justice