1906 - R.K. Narayan
Indian author who was instrumental in bringing Indian fiction to an English audience.
1913 - Claude Simon
French novelist who won the 1985 Nobel Prize for Literature, because he
"in his novel combines the poet's and the painter's creativeness with a
deepened awareness of time in the depiction of the human condition."
1924 - James Clavell
Australian-born British (later naturalized American) novelist, known for his Asian saga which included Tai-Pan and Shogun.
1928 - Sheila Walsh
British writer of romance novels.
1930 - Harold Pinter
playwright, awarded the 2005 Nobel Prize in Literature because he "in
his plays uncovers the precipice under everyday prattle and forces entry
into oppression's closed rooms"
1938 - Lily Tuck
American writer whose novel The News from Paraguay won the 2004 National Book Award for Fiction.
1942 - James Marshall
American children's author best known for his George and Martha books.
1943 - Frederick Barthelme
American novelist and author of minimalist fiction.
1950 - Nora Roberts
American romance novelist, who also writes the "In Death" mystery series under the pen name J.D.Robb.
1957 - Rumiko Takahashi
Japanese manga artist whose most famous works in the west are the InuYasha series.
1967 - Jonathan Littel
American/French author whose book The Kindly Ones won the Prix Goncourt in France.