Classics Calendar for May 14

Thomas Gainsborough's The Blue Boy (detail)

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Thomas Gainsborough (1727; died August 2, 1788) English painter; Mr. and Mrs. Andrews; The Blue Boy; The Watering Place; Girl with Pigs

Died on this day:

August Strindberg (1912; born January 22, 1849) Swedish playwright, novelist, poet, essayist, and painter; The Red Room; The Father; Miss Julie; Inferno; To Damascus; A Dream Play; The Ghost Sonata; The Creditors

H. Rider Haggard (1925; born June 22, 1856) English adventure novelist; King Solomon's Mines; the Allan Quatermain Series; She

Jean Rhys (1979; born August 24, 1890) Anglo-Dominican novelist, short story writer, essayist; Wide Sargasso Sea; Voyage in the Dark; Good Morning, Midnight

Stanley Kunitz (2006; born July 29, 1905) American poet; Selected Poems: 1928-1958; Passing Through: The Later Poems; Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (1959); Poet Laureate of the USA (1974 and 2000)

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