1903 - Nathanael West
American author and screenwriter, most well known for his novels Miss Lonelyhearts and The Day of The Locust.
1910 - Ester Wier
American author, winner of a Newbery Honor in 1964 for The Loner.
1915 - Arthur Miller
American playwright, author of plays like Death of a Salesman and The Crucible.
1930 - Jimmy Breslin
American journalist and author, many of whose books focus on sports and life around New York City.
1948 - Robert Jordan
Pen name of James Oliver Rigney Jr., American science fiction author best known for his The Wheel of Time series.
1974 - Ariel Levy
American journalist and author of the book Female Chauvinist Pigs.
2005 - Ba Jin
2009 - Norma Fox Mazer