1758 — Ryokan Taigu, eccentric Japanese poet and calligrapher who was a Zen Buddhist monk.
1847 — Georges Sorel, French philosopher and theorist whose ideas about the power of myth influenced Marxists and Fascists.
1906 — Daniil Leonidovich Andreyev, German-born Russian writer, poet, and Christian mystic.
1911 — Odysseas Elytis, Nobel Prize-winning Greek poet, essayist, and translator who is considered a key figure in romantic modernist poetry; his Axion Esti has been called “a monument of contemporary poetry.”
1919 — Jorge de Sena, Portuguese poet, essayist, and playwright.
1927 — Steve Ditko, U.S. comic book writer and artist who co-created (with comic legend Stan Lee) Marvel Comics heroes Spider-Man and Doctor Strange.
1928 — Paul Bede Johnson, English journalist, historian, speechwriter, and author.
1935 — Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, Indian Bengali author of stories for children and adults.
1941 — Arun Shourie, Indian journalist, author, economist, and politician.
1942 – Charlotte Jacoba Maria Mutsaers, award-winning Dutch novelist, poet, painter, essayist, short-story writer, picture-book author, and politician.
1946 — Michelle Cliff, Jamaican novelist, short-story writer, poet, and literary critic whose works explore issues of post-Colonial identity.
1949 — Lois McMaster Bujold, multiple Hugo and Nebula Award-winning U.S. author of fantasy and science fiction, best known for the Vorkosigan Saga.
1950 – Jeannie Baker, award-winning English-born Australian children’s picture-book author and artist; she is known for her collage illustrations and her concern for the natural environment.
1951 – Joanne Horniman, award-winning Australian author who writes for children and young adults; her novels are often set in New South Wales, and deal with such themes as the search for identity, family relationships, growing up in rural communities, and teenage parenthood.
1951 — Thomas Mallon, U.S. novelist, nonfiction writer, and critic, best known for books of history and historical fiction.
1952 – Mai Ghoussoub, Lebanese writer, playwright, journalist, artist, publisher, feminist, autobiographer, and human-rights activist who wrote and published works on a range of controversial issues and producing challenging artistic installations; she also founded the first London bookshop to specialize in Arabic works.
1952 – Chaohua Wang, Chinese writer, essayist, editor, and researcher in modern Chinese literature; she was a member of the Beijing Autonomous Association of College Students in the spring of 1989 during the demonstrations in Tiananmen Square and was put on the Chinese government’s “21 Most Wanted Beijing Student Leaders” list, forcing her to spend more than six months in hiding before leaving for the U.S.
1954 – Enrique Máximo García, Spanish writer, author, musicologist, and university instructor.
1957 — Alyssa Satin Capucilli, U.S. children’s book writer, best known for the Biscuit books for early readers.
1958 – Tatyana Vladimirovna Moskvina, award-winning Russian columnist, novelist, essayist, theater and film critic, actress, and radio and TV journalist.
1959 – Subhash K. Jha, Indian writer, journalist, editor, film critic, and book reviewer who works in print and on television.
1962 — David Brock, U.S. author and neo-liberal political pundit.
1962 – Suleiman Cassamo, award-winning Mozambican writer.
1963 – Jonas Gardell, Swedish novelist, playwright, screenwriter, actor, comedian, and singer; several of his books have been adapted for film.
1965 — Laura Victoria Albert, U.S. author of novels and short stories attributed to a drug-addicted transgender teenage prostitute named J.T. LeRoy; she wrote “autobiographical” works by LeRoy for six years, until the literary hoax was finally uncovered in 2005.
1965 – Dejan Tiago Stanković, award-winning Serbian and Portuguese writer, novelist, and literary translator who writes in Serbian, Portuguese, and English.
1966 – Ni Ko Ye (born Ye Win), prominent Burmese writer, novelist, screenwriter, film director, and radio scriptwriter.
1970 — Lucy Hawking, English journalist, novelist, educator, and philanthropist; she is the daughter of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and writer Jane Wilde Hawking.
1975 – Ófeigur Sigurðsson, award-winning Icelandic poet, novelist, and translator.
1983 – Hiroko Oyamada, award-winning Japanese novelist and short-story writer who has cited writers Franz Kafka and Mario Vargas Llosa as her literary influences.