1807 – Gamaliel Bailey, American journalist, editor, and publisher
1857 – Joseph Conrad, Polish author who wrote in English after moving to Britain and became one of the best-known authors in the English language; he is famous for such classic novels as Heart of Darkness and Lord Jim.
1897 – Kate O’Brien, Irish novelist and playwright.
1914 – Alaíde Foppa de Solórzano, Guatemalan and Argentinian poet and human-rights activist
1923 – Malcolm Franklin, Shanghai-born American author who was the stepson of writer William Faulkner and wrote about his life with him.
1924 – Francisco Sionil José, novelist and short-story writers who is one of the most widely read Filipino authors in the English language.
1929 – John Howie, American author and philosopher.
1937 – Morgan Llywelyn, American-born Irish author known for her historical fiction.
1942 – David K. Shipler, Pulitzer Prize-winning American nonfiction author.
1944 – Craig Anthony Raine, English poet who is one of the best-known exponents of Martian poetry.
1953 – Boris A. Novak, Slovenian poet and translator.
1955 – Michael Musto, American journalist, author, and Village Voice columnist.
1962 – Francesca Lia Block, American author of young-adult novels, short stories, screenplays, and poetry, best known for her “Weetzie Bat” series.
1980 – Zlata Filipović, Bosnian writer, author of the bestselling journal Zlata’s Diary which she wrote when she was between the ages of 11 and 13, during the war in Sarajevo.