1860 - Hamlin Garland
American novelist known for his fiction involving farmers in the Midwest.
1911 - William Howard Armstrong
American children's author and educator, best known for his 1969 Newbery Medal-winning novel, Sounder.
1929 - Larry Collins
American author, frequent collaborator with Dominique Lapierre on titles like Is Paris Burning and O Jerusalem.
1948 - Marc Reisner
American environmentalist and writer best known for his book Cadillac Desert, a history of water management in the American West.
1950 - John Steptoe
Author and illustrator for children’s books dealing with aspects of the African-American experience. He is best known for Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters, which was acknowledged by literary critics as a breakthrough in African history and culture.
1955 - Geraldine Brooks
Australian-American journalist and author whose 2005 novel, March, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
1851 - James Fenimore Cooper
1916 - José Echegaray
1982 - John Gardner
1984 - Richard Brautigan