1893 - Joseph Wood Krutch
American writer and naturalist whose The Measure of Man won the 1955 National Book Award for Nonfiction.
1895 - Helen Hooven Santmeyer
American author of novels and poetry, whose And Ladies of the Club was a bestseller.
1904 - Ba Jin
Pen name of Chinese writer Li Feigan, one of the most important Chinese writers of the 20th century.
1909 - P.D. Eastman
American screenwriter and children's author.
1926 - Poul Andersen
American science fiction author, winner of seven Hugo and three Nebula awards.
1946 - Marc Brown
American children's book author, creator of the Arthur series.
American mystery author, famous for her Southern Vampire series and it's protagonist Sookie Stackhouse.
1951 - Arturo Pérez-Reverte
Spanish novelist and journalist, best known for his Alatriste series.
1952 - Crescent Dragonwagon
American author (born Ellen Zolotow) who primarily writes cookbooks and childrens's books.
1953 - Mark Frost
American writer, known in the television world for Twin Peaks and Hill Street Blues, and in the literature world for fiction and golf books.
1950 - Johannes Vilhelm Jensen
1968 - Upton Sinclair
1970 - Yukio Mishima