1716 - Thomas Gray
English poet best known for his "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard."
1819 - E.D.E.N. Southworth
American writer and contemporary of Harriet Beecher Stowe, very widely read in her time.
1891 - Henry Miller
American writer and painter whose novels are a mixture of styles.
1894 - Jean Toomer
American poet and novelist, important figure in the Harlem Renaissance.
1942 - Catherine Coulter
American author of romantic suspense fiction and historical romances.
1948 - Jean Echenoz
French writer who son the Prix Goncourt in 1995 for I'm Gone (Je m'en vais.)
1956 - David Sedaris
American humorist and author of semi-autobiographical essays.
1964 - Elizabeth Kostova
American author best known for her debut novel The Historian.
1981 - Amber Reeves
2012 - Gerald McDermott