1874 - Clarence Day
American author best known for his autobiographical Life with Father and its sequels.
1882 - Wyndham Lewis
English author and painter.
1912 - Hilda Nickson
Prolific British author of romance novels.
1939 - Margaret Atwood
Canadian novelist, known for her speculative fiction with titles like The Handmaid's Tale and Oryx and Crake.
1946 - Alan Dean Foster
American science fiction and fantasy author, known for movie novelizations.
1950 - Michael Swanwick
American science fiction author.
1953 - Alan Moore
English comic book author, known for his works Watchmen and V is for Vendetta.
1971 - Terrance Hayes
American poet who won the 2010 National Book Award for Poetry for his collection Lighthead.
1922 - Marcel Proust
1999 - Paul Bowles