1886 - Alain-Fournier
Nom de plume of French author Henri Alban-Fournier, whose one novel, Le Grand Meaulnes, is considered a classic of French Literature.
1900 - Thomas Wolfe
American novelist of the early 20th century, known for works like Look Homeward, Angel.
1906 - Natalie Savage Carlson
American children's author whose The Family Under the Bridge was a runner-up for the 1959 Newbery Medal.
1916 - James Herriot
name of James Alfred Wight, British veterinarian and author, who is
known for his semi-autobiographical series collectively called All
Creatures Great and Small.
1925 - Gore Vidal
American novelist, essayist and playwright.
1970 - Sara Zarr
American novelist whose first book, Story of a Girl, was a National Book Award finalist.
1980 - Lindsey Kelk
British "chick lit" author and blogger.
2003 - William Steig