1883 - William Carlos Williams
American poet and physician who actually wrote a book called The Great American Novel.
1908 - John Creasey
Prolific English crime and science fiction writer. Author of over 600 books using at least 28 different pseudonyms.
1909 - Elizabeth Enright
American author and illustrator of children's books, winner of a Newbery Medal for Thimble Summer.
1916 - Mary Stewart
English novelist, best known for her Merlin series of historical fantasy.
1932 - Robert B. Parker
American crime writer, most famous for his series of novels about the fictional detective Spenser.
1935 - Ken Kesey
author who considered himself a link between the Beat generation and
the 1960s hippie culture. Best known for his novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
1939 - Carl Dennis
American poet, winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Practical Gods.
1947 - Gail Carson Levine
American young adult author, known for the Ella Enchanted series.
1949 - Jennifer Crusie
American author of contemporary romance novels.