1715 – Ewald Christian von Kleist, German lyric poet and cavalry officer.
1785 – Alessandro Manzoni, Italian poet and novelist whose novel The Betrothed (I promessi sposi) is ranked among the masterpieces of world literature and is considered a symbol of Italian reunification, both for its patriotic message and because it was a milestone in the development of the modern, unified Italian language.
1924 – Abe Kobo (pen name of Kimifusa Abe), Japanese writer, playwright, musician, photographer, and inventor who has been compared to Franz Kafka for his modernist sensibilities and surreal, often nightmarish explorations of individuals in contemporary society.
1929 – Dan Jacobson, Jewish South African-born novelist and short-story writer.
1936 – Georges Perec, French novelist, screenwriter, and essayist who experimented with constrained writing techniques.
1945 – Elizabeth Moon, Nebula Award-winning American science fiction and fantasy author, newspaper writer, photographer, and naturalist.
1946 – Daniel Goleman, American psychologist, science journalist, and author of the international bestseller Emotional Intelligence.
1951 – Robin Becker, award-winning American poet, critic, professor, and feminist writer whose work reflects her Russian-Jewish heritage and queer identity, her interest in art history and visual art, the experience of growing up in 1950s America, and the legacy of the 1960s.
1954 – Carol Miller Swain, American author, television analyst, and professor of political science and law whose work centers on race relations, immigration, representation, evangelical politics, and the United States Constitution.
1956 – Andrea Levy, English novelist of Afro-Jamaican descent who chronicled the experience of Jamaican immigrants in Britain.
1957 – Robert Harris, English journalist and author of historical fiction, mostly centering on World War II and Rome.
1964 – Bret Easton Ellis, American novelist, satirical author, screenwriter, and short-story writer, best known for his novel American Psycho.
1967 – Muhsin Al-Ramli (Arabic: محسن الرملي), Iraqi scholar, translator, novelist, and poet.
1974 – Beatrice Dorothy “Bee” Wilson, British food writer, journalist, and historian who writes books on food-related subjects.