Edith Wharton was born on January 24, 1862. Wharton didn't publish her first novel until she was 40, but her stories of the New York social elite at the end of the 19th century made her one of America's most popular and respected novelists.
Haruki Murakami was born on January 12, 1949. Murakami is a Japanese writer whose blend of Japanese themes, Western genre, and dream-like surrealism has made him one of the most popular writers of recent years.
Lester Bangs was born on December 14, 1948. Bangs wrote about popular music, and he was one of the most influential music critics of the 1970s. He wrote for Rolling Stone, Creem, The Village Voice, and a variety of other magazines.