1821 - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Russian novelist best known for his later work, including Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamozov.
1914 - Howard Fast
American novelist and author of Spartacus, which helped to break the anti-communist blackballing in the print industry and Hollywood.
1919 - Kalle Päätalo
One of the most popular Finnish authors of the 20th century, whose autobiographical series is 26 books long.
1922 - Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
American writer known for darkly satirical works like Cat's Cradle and Slaughterhouse Five.
1928 - Carlos Fuentes
Mexican novelist and essayist; one of the most admired and influential in the Spanish speaking world.
1942 - Diane Wolkstein
American children's author; New York City's official storyteller from 1968-1971.
1954 - Mary Gaitskill
American author of novels, short stories and essays.
2012 - Jack Gilbert