Classics Calendar for May 20

Victorian actress Minnie Ashley embodies
the type of woman that John Stuart Mill
wrote of in The Subjection of Women

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Honoré de Balzac (1799; died August 18, 1850) French novelist and playwright; La Comédie humaine (The Human Comedy)

John Stuart Mill (1806; died May 8, 1873) English philosopher; Autobiography; On Liberty; Utilitarianism; The Subjection of Women

Died on this day:

John Clare (1864; born July 13, 1793) English poet; Poems Descriptive of Rural Life and Scenery; The Village Minstrel, and Other Poems

Max Beerbohm (1956; born August 24, 1872) English essayist, parodist, and caricaturist who wrote Zuleika Dobson; Seven Men; A Christmas Garland

Stephen Jay Gould (2002; born September 10, 1941) American scientist and historian of science who wrote Ontogeny and Phylogeny; Ever Since Darwin and other collections of essays from Natural History Magazine; also, Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History; The Hedgehog, the Fox, and the Magister's Pox; Punctuated Equilibrium

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