1850 - Ella Wheeler Wilcox
American author and poet, best known for Poems of Passion and Solitude.
1885 - Will Durant
American writer and historian known for the 11 volume work The Story of Civilization.
1926 - John Berger
English art critic, painter and writer whose novel G. won the 1972 Booker Prize.
1935 - Christopher Wood
English novelist and screenwriter best known for the Confessions series of books and films, which he wrote under the pseudonym Timothy Lea.
1944 - Carole Nelson Douglas
American writer best known for her Midnight Louie (Cat In A) mystery series.
1953 - Joyce Maynard
American author and memoirist who was criticized for writing about her relationship with J.D. Salinger.
1970 - Andrew Sean Greer - American novelist, winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for Less.
1977 - René Goscinny
1997 - James Robert Baker
2005 - John Fowles