Classics Calendar for May 8

From the cover of Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Gary Snyder (1930) American poet and essayist; Turtle Island; The Real Work; A Place in Space; Mountains and Rivers Without End; Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (1975)

Thomas Pynchon (1937) American novelist; V.; The Crying of Lot 49; Gravity's Rainbow; Mason & Dixon

Died on this day:

Antoine Lavoisier (1794; born August 26, 1743) French chemist known as "The father of modern chemistry"; wrote Elements of Chemistry

John Stuart Mill (1873; born May 20, 1806) English philosopher; Autobiography; On Liberty; Utilitarianism; The Subjection of Women

Gustave Flaubert (1880; born December 12, 1821) French novelist; novel Madame Bovary; stories "A Simple Heart," "Saint Julian the Hospitalier," and "Hérodias"

Paul Gauguin (1903; born June 7, 1848) French painter; Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?; The Yellow Christ; Vision After the Sermon; Spirit of the Dead Watching; Two Tahitian Women

Oswald Spengler (1936; born May 29, 1880) German historian and philosopher; The Decline of the West

Elmer Rice (1967; born September 28, 1892) American playwright best known for The Adding Machine; Street Scene; Dream Girl; Not for Children; Pulitzer Prize for Drama (1929)

Robert A. Heinlein (1988; born July 7, 1907) American author of science fiction; Stranger in a Strange Land; The Moon is a Harsh Mistress; Starship Troopers; Time Enough for Love

Theodore Sturgeon (1985; born February 26, 1918) American author of science fiction; More Than Human; I, Libertine; "Microcosmic God"; "Slow Sculpture"

Maurice Sendak (2012; born June 10, 1928) American illustrator and writer of children's books; Where the Wild Things Are; In the Night Kitchen; Outside Over There

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