1875 - Aleister Crowley
English occultist who wrote a number of books on the subject.
1896 - Eugenio Montale
writer, winner of the 1975 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his
distinctive poetry which, with great artistic sensitivity, has
interpreted human values under the sign of an outlook on life with no
1904 - Lester Dent
American pulp fiction author, best known as the creator of the character Doc Savage.
1908 - Paul Engle
American writer who is best known for his long term as the director of the Iowa Writer's Workshop.
1908 - Anne Petry
American author who became the first black woman writer with sales topping a million copies for her novel The Street.
1910 - Robert Fitzgerald
British poet and translator whose translations of the Greek classics were the standard texts for many years.
1912 - Alice Childress
American playwright, actor, and author of young adult literature.
1921 - Logie Bruce Lockhart
writer and headmaster, Scottish rugby player, author of books on
fishing and miscellanea, and owner of one of the more awesome names I've
1929 - Robert Coles
American author and child psychiatrist, author of the Children in Crisis series.
1924 - Anatole France
1926 - Edwin Abbott Abbott
1970 - Feodor Stepanovich Rojankovsky
1971 - Dean Acheson
1988 - Ruth Manning-Sanders
2010 - Belva Plain
2013 - Oscar Hijuelos