1710 - Sarah Fielding
British author and sister of Henry Fielding, responsible for the first English language novel written specifically for children (The Governess.)
1847 - Bram Stoker
Irish novelist best known for his 1897 Gothic novel Dracula.
1900 - Margaret Mitchell
American author of the Civil War classic Gone With the Wind, which won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
1908 - Margaret Gellhorn
American novelist and travel writer who was the third wife of Ernest Hemingway.
1932 - Ben Bova
American science fiction author and editor.
1954 - Timothy Egan
American author and journalist, winner of the 2006 National Book Award for Nonfiction, as well as a Pulitzer tor his reporting.
1954 - Kazuo Ishiguro
Japanese-born British novelist, best known for his Booker prize winning The Remains of the Day.
1955 - Jeffrey Ford
American author of fantasy, science fiction and mystery.
1974 - Joshua Ferris
American author best known for his 2007 debut novel Then We Came to the End.
1974 - John Milton
1953 - Ivan Bunin
2005 - David Westheimer
2011 - Bil Keane