Classics Calendar for July 12

Image of Thoreau's cabin from the title
page of the first edition of Walden

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Claude Bernard (1813; died February 10, 1878) French physiologist; Introduction to the Study of Experimental Medicine

Henry David Thoreau (1817; died May 6, 1862) American writer; A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers; Civil Disobedience; Walden; Walking

Pablo Neruda (1904; died September 23, 1973) Chilean poet known for Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair; Nobel Prize for Literature (1971)

Donald E. Westlake (1933; died December 31, 2008) American author of crime stories; the Parker and John Dortmunder series; The Hunter; The Grifters; The Stepfather

Died on this day:

Desiderius Erasmus (1536; born October 27, 1466) Dutch scholar; The Praise of Folly

Alexander Hamilton (1804; born January 11, 1755 or 1757) American statesman; co-author of The Federalist Papers

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