Classics Calendar for May 19

Illustration by an unknown artist for
Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

Here are today's milestones:

Died on this day:

James Boswell (1795; born October 29, 1740) Scottish biographer; The Life of Samuel Johnson

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1864; born July 4, 1804) American writer; The Scarlet Letter; The House of the Seven Gables; short stories ("The Minister's Black Veil"; "Young Goodman Brown"; "Rappaccini's Daughter"; "My Kinsman, Major Molineux"; etc.)

Booth Tarkington (1946; born July 29, 1869) American novelist and dramatist; The Magnificent Ambersons; Alice Adams; Seventeen

Ogden Nash (1971; born August 19, 1902) American poet; light verse such as The Carnival of the Animals (to accompany the musical suite by Saint-Saens)

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