1875 - Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
American children's author who won the 1947 Newbery Medal for Miss Hickory.
1914 - John Berryman
American poet, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the National Book Award.
1939 - Fred Marcellino
American book jacket designer and later children's book author and illustrator.
1941 - Anne Tyler
American novelist whose book Breathing Lessons won the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
1975 - Zadie Smith
British novelist, essayist and short story writer; winner of the 2006 Orange Prize for Fiction.
1400 - Geoffrey Chaucer
1902 - Frank Norris
1957 - Edward Plunkett
1967 - Margaret Ayer Barnes
1989 - Mary McCarthy