Classics Calendar for May 21

The Hungry Lion Throws Itself on the Antelope,
one of Henri Rousseau's "jungle-y" paintings

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Albrecht Durer (1471; died April 6, 1528) German printmaker and painter; Knight, Death, and the Devil; St. Jerome in His Study; Melencolia I

Alexander Pope (1688; died May 30, 1744) English poet and man of letters; An Essay on Criticism; The Rape of the Lock; The Dunciad; An Essay on Man

Henri Rousseau (1844; died September 2, 1910) French painter; Post-Impressionist painting, especially primitive-looking jungley ones

Fats Waller (1904; died December 15, 1943) American composer and performer; "Ain't Misbehavin'"; "Honeysuckle Rose"; Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (1993)

Died on this day:

Wang Anshi (1086; born December 8, 1021) Chinese poet and economist; essays "A Visit to Baochan Mountain"; "In Reply to Official Censor Sima's Letter" (one of "Eight Great Prose Masters of the Tang and Song")

Tommaso Campanella (1639; born September 5, 1568) Italian philosopher and poet known for his heterodox views, and the utopian novel La città del Sole (The City of the Sun)

Jane Addams (1935; born September 6, 1860) American social activist known for women's rights and suffrage, and for winning the 1931 Nobel Peace Prize. Addams wrote Twenty Years at Hull-House; The Spirit of Youth and the City Streets; and Democracy and Social Ethics.

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