August 21 Writer Birthdays
- 1798 - Jules Michelet, French historian, professor, and author credited with coining the word "Renaissance."
- 1886 - Ruth Manning-Sanders, British poet and author whose children's books collected and retold fairy tales from around the world.
- 1897 - Constance McLaughlin Green, Pulitzer Prize-winning American urban historian and author.
- 1906 - Friz Freleng, American cartoonist, animator, screenwriter, and producer for the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons under the Warner Bros. banner.
- 1908 - May Margaret (Mollie) Kaye, Indian-born British bestselling author, illustrator, screenwriter, and children's writer who often published as M.M. Kaye and who was best known for her novel, The Far Pavilions.
- 1920 - Don E. Fehrenbacher, Pulitzer Prize winning American historian and author.
- 1929 - X.J. Kennedy, American poet, translator, editor, and author of children's literature and writing guides; he added the "X" as a first initial to distinguish himself from dynasty founder and political mastermind Joseph P. Kennedy.
- 1937 - Robert Stone, National Book Award-winning American novelist who has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Time magazine included his novel Dog Soldiers in its list of the 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005
- 1943 - Jonathan Schell, American author and professor whose work presented argued against the proliferation of nuclear weapons; he was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award.
- 1954 - Claudia Mills, American librarian, professor, and children's book author; early in her career, as a secretary at a publishing firm, she submitted manuscripts to the company under an assumed name and had to write rejection letters to herself.