Classics Calendar for July 30

The church of Saint Giles in Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire,
England. It is believed by some to be the locus
of Thomas Gray's Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard.

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Giorgio Vasari (1511; died June 27, 1574) Italian painter and biographer; Lives of the Artists, especially "Leonardo da Vinci" and "Michelangelo"

Emily Bronte (1818; died December 19, 1848) English novelist and poet; Wuthering Heights

Susan Shelby Magoffin (1827; died October 26, 1855) American traveler and diarist; Down the Santa Fe Trail and Into Mexico

Thorstein Veblen (1857; died August 3, 1929) Norwegian-American economist and sociologist; The Theory of the Leisure Class

Died on this day:

William Penn (1718; born October 24, 1644) English Quaker philosopher; Fruits of Solitude; No Cross, No Crown

Thomas Gray (1771; born December 26, 1716) English poet; Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard; Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat, Drowned in a Tub of Gold Fishes

Walter Pater (1894; born August 4, 1839) English essayist, critic, and novelist; The Renaissance; Marius the Epicurean

Koda Rohan (1947; born July 23, 1867) Japanese author; "Encounter with a Skull"; "The Icon of Liberty"; The Five-Storied Pagoda

Erna Fergusson (1964; born January 10, 1888) New Mexico-based writer, historian, and storyteller, who documented the culture and history of New Mexico for more than forty years. Wrote Dancing Gods.

Tanizaki Jun'ichiro (1965; born July 24, 1886) Japanese fiction writer; playwright; essayist; Tade ku mushi (Some Prefer Nettles); Sasameyuki (Light Snow = The Makioka Sisters)

Ingmar Bergman (2007; born July 14, 1918) Swedish filmmaker; The Seventh Seal; Wild Strawberries; Winter Light; Persona; Cries and Whispers; Fanny and Alexander; three Academy Awards

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