1917 - Walter Lord
American author best known for his account of the Titanic's sinking, A Night to Remember.
1920 - Frank Herbert
American science fiction writer whose Dune saga is a classic of the genre.
1930 - Faith Ringgold
African-American author and children's book author.
1938 - William Corlett
English author known for his The Magician's House set of children's novels.
1939 - Harvey Pekar
American comic book writer best known for his American Splendor series of autobiographical graphic novels.
1943 - R.L. Stine
American author of children's horror series, notably Goosebumps and Fear Street.
1948 - Benjamin Cheever
American writer, son of noted author John Cheever.
1958 - Steve Coll
American journalist and author, recipient of two Pulitzer Prizes, on of them for the 2004 book Ghost Wars.
1958 - Bret Lott
American author best known for Jewel, an Oprah's Book Club selection that was later made into a movie.
1754 - Henry Fielding
1945 - Felix Salten
1970 - Jean Giono
2000 - Charlotte Lamb