1858 - Selma Lagerlöf
Swedish author, first female to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, in 1909 "in appreciation of the lofty idealism, vivid imagination and spiritual perception that characterize her writings."
1886 - Bray Hammond
American author of Banks and Politics in American from the Revolution to the Civil War, winner of the 1958 Pulitzer Prize for History.
1923 - Nadine Gordimer
South African writer, recipient of the 1991 Nobel Prize in Literature because she "through her magnificent epic writing has - in the words of Alfred Nobel - been of very great benefit to humanity."
1926 - John Gardner
English spy and thriller novelist, best known for continuing the James Bond series.
1936 - Don Delillo
American novelist and two-time Pulitzer finalist.
1937 - Rhys Isaac
South African-born Australian historian who won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1983 for his book The Transformation of Virginia, 1740-1790.
1910 - Leo Tolstoy
2000 - Kalle Päätalo
2006 - Donald Hamilton
2013 - Sylvia Browne