1758 - Hannah Webster Foster
American novelist, both of whose best-known works have alternate titles: The Coquette; or, The History of Eliza Wharton and The Boarding School; or, Lessons of a Preceptress to Her Pupils.
1885 - Carl Clinton Van Doren
American critic and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Benjamin Franklin.
1890 - Franz Werfel
Austrian-Bohemian novelist, playwright and poet, best known for his novel The Forty Days of Musa Dagh.
1934 - Charles Kuralt
American journalist whose "On The Road" television series spawned many books.
1935 - Mary Oliver
American poet, winner of both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.
1937 - Jared Diamond
American scientist and author best known for his popular science books.
1941 - Stephen Jay Gould
American paleontologist, evolutionary biologist and popular science author.
1943 - Neale Donald Walsch
American author of the series Conversations with God.
1949 - Bill O'Reilly
American television host, author, syndicated columnist and political commentator.
1957 - Andreï Makine
Russian-born French author, best known for his novel Dreams of My Russian Summers.
1960 - Alison Bechdel
American cartoonist. Originally best known for the long-running comic strip Dykes To Watch Out For, in 2006 she became a best-selling and critically acclaimed author with her graphic memoir Fun Home.
1963 - Marian Keyes
Irish novelist and non-fiction writer, best known for her work in women's literature.
1797 - Mary Wollstonecraft
1973 - Cornelia Meigs
1976 - Dalton Trumbo
1988 - Virginia Satir