1775 - Jane Austen
English novelist of romantic fiction set among Britain's landed gentry.
1863 - George Santayana
Pen name of Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás, Spanish-American writer known for pithy quotations.
1895 - Marie Hall Ets
American children's book writer and illustrator, who won a Caldecott Medal in 1960 for the illustrations to Nine Days to Christmas.
1917 - Arthur C. Clarke
British science fiction writer whose conceptualizations in fiction sometimes led to real-world science.
1924 - Nicolas Sidjakov
Latvian-born American illustrator who won the 1961 Caldecott Medal for his work on Baboushka and the Three Kings.
1928 - Philip K. Dick
American science fiction writer, known for his dystopian futures and subsequent movie adaptations.
1930 - Bill Brittain
American author most well known for his writings of the fictional New England town on Coven Tree, of which The Wish Giver was a Newbery Honor book in 1984.
1956 - E.B. Lewis
American illustrator and two-time winner of the Caldecott Medal for his children's book illustration.
1859 - Wilhelm Grimm
1897 - Alphonse Daudet
1965 - W. Somerset Maugham
1998 - William Gaddis
2005 - Kenneth Bulmer