1807 - John Greenleaf Whittier
American Quaker poet and abolitionist.
1873 - Ford Madox Ford
English writer now best known for his novel The Good Soldier.
1903 - Erskine Caldwell
American Southern author who wrote about poverty and racism in books such as Tobacco Road.
1916 - Penelope Fitzgerald
English novelist of historical fiction.
1929 - William Safire
American writer, known for his novels and works on writing and politics.
1937 - John Kennedy Toole
American novelist, best known for his posthumously published A Confederacy of Dunces, which won the Pulitzer Prize.
1944 - Jack Chalker
American science fiction author of numerous series.
1945 - Jacqueline Wilson
British author of children's books.
1957 - Dorothy Sayers
1970 - Oliver Waterman Larkin
1999 - C. Vann Woodward