1830 - Christina Rossetti
English poet best known for her long work Goblin Market.
1896 - Ann Nolan Clark
American children's author, winner of the 1953 Newbery Medal for Secret of the Andes.
1934 - Joan Didion
American author of novels and literary journalism.
1936 - James Lee Burke
American author of mysteries, best known for his Dave Robicheaux series.
1954 - Hanif Kureishi
English author and playwright, named one of Britain's 50 greatest writers since 1945 by The Times.
1968 - Lydia Millet
American novelist of literary fiction with a hint of dark humor.
1870 - Alexandre Dumas, père
1925 - Władysław Reymont
1950 - Sri Aurobindo
1975 - Constance McLaughlin Green
1977 - Katherine Milhous
1989 - George Selden
2009 - William Lederer