1830 - Emily Dickinson
American poet, most of whose work was not discovered until after her death.
1891 - Nelly Sachs
Jewish German poet and playwright, winner of the 1966 Nobel Prize in Literature "for her outstanding lyrical and dramatic writing, which interprets Israel's destiny with touching strength."
1925 - Carolyn Kizer
American poet of the Pacific Northwest, winner of the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for poetry.
1933 - Philip Craig
American writer known for his Martha's Vineyard mysteries.
1956 - Jacquelyn Mitchard
American journalist and author, whose novel The Deep End of the Ocean was the first Oprah's Book Club pick.
1958 - Cornelia Funke
German author of children's fiction, best known for her Inkheart trilogy.
1936 - Luigi Pirandello
1946 - Damon Runyon
1951 - Algernon Blackwood
1968 - Thomas Merton
1972 - Mark Van Doren
2006 - Olivia Coolidge