Classics Calendar for May 12

The Blessed Damozel (detail) by Dante Gabriel
Rossetti to illustrate his poem of the same name

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Edward Lear (1812; died January 29, 1888) English artist and writer; A Book of Nonsense; "The Owl and the Pussycat"

Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828; died April 9, 1882) English poet and painter; The Blessed Damozel; The House of Life

Gabriel Faure (1845; died November 4, 1924) French composer; Pavane; Requiem; songs "Après un Rêve," "Clair de Lune"

Leslie Charteris (1907; died April 15, 1993) British-Chinese author of adventure fiction; creator of Simon Templar ("The Saint")

Died on this day:

George Chapman (1634; born Unknown date, 1559) English dramatist, translator, and poet best remembered for translations of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey

John Dryden (1700; born August 9, 1631) English poet and playwright; Poems Absalom and Achitophel, Mac Flecknoe, The Hind and the Panther; plays Marriage à la mode and All for Love

Martha Summerhayes (1926; born October 22, 1844) American travel memoirist and "army wife" who brought her Massachusetts sensibilities to Vanished Arizona, her observations of life in that territory, where she and her husband lived off and on from 1874 to 1900.

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