1872 - Emily Post
American author famous for her books on ettiquette.
1914 - Dylan Thomas
Welsh poet and writer.
1932 - Sylvia Plath
American poet and author, the first poet to win a Pulitzer Prize posthumously.
1936 - Neil Sheehan
American journalist; winner of a National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction for A Bright Shining Lie.
1940 - Maxine Hong Kingston
Chinese American author of fiction and non-fiction dealing with the lives of Chinese immigrants.
1944 - J.A. Jance
American mystery writer, whose different series of books sometimes intersect.
1966 - Steve Almond
American short story writer and essayist.
1970 - Jonathan Stroud
English young adult and fantasy writer, best known for his Bartimaeus series of books.
1973 - Anthony Doerr
American author, winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for All the Light We Cannot See.
1975 - Rex Stout
1977 - James M. Cain