1906 - George Dillon
American poet, winner of the 1932 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.
1928 - Marjorie Sharmat
American children's author most well known for her Nate The Great series.
1929 - Michael Ende
German author of fantasy and children's literature, known for the book Neverending Story.
1934 - John McGahern
Irish author, one of the most important of the second half of the twentieth century.
1945 - Michael Bishop
American author of science fiction and fantasy.
1945 - Tracy Kidder
American author who won the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for Non-fiction for his book The Soul of a New Machine.
1955 - Katherine Weber
American novelist and memoirist.
1962 - Neal Shusterman
American author of young adult literature.
1962 - Naomi Wolf
American author and former political consultant, known for her 1991 book The Beauty Myth.
1976 - Richelle Mead
American author of fantasy and young adult novels.
1865 - Elizabeth Gaskell
1984 - Chester Himes
2007 - Ira Levin