1871 - Grazia Deledda
Italian writer who won the Nobel Prize for Literature for 1926 "for her idealistically inspired writings which with plastic clarity picture the life on her native island and with depth and sympathy deal with human problems in general."
1911 - Nicholas Mordvinoff
Russian-born American artist whose illustrations for the book Finders Keepers won him the 1952 Caldecott Medal.
1917 - Louis Auchincloss
American lawyer and novelist who wrote about the East Coast upper class.
1924 - Ernest Becker
American cultural anthropologist whose book The Denial of Death won the 1974 Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction.
1924 - Bernard Waber
American children's author best known fr the Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile books.
1933 - Paul Goble
British-born American author and illustrator of childrens books, many with Native American themes.Won the Caldecott Medal in 1979 for The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses.
1958 - Irvine Welsh
Scottish novelist best known for his novel Trainspotting.
2004 - John Edward Mack
2009 - William Safire