Classics Calendar for August 1

This is a brig, a two-masted sailing ship, like the Pilgrim
about which Richard Henry Dana, Jr. wrote in Two
Years Before the Mast
. (Melville's fictional Pequod
in Moby Dick had three masts.)

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Richard Henry Dana (1815; died January 6, 1882) American writer; Two Years before the Mast

Herman Melville (1819; died September 28, 1891) American novelist, short story writer, and poet whose best known works include Typee; Moby Dick; Billy Budd; "Bartleby, the Scrivener"

Paul Horgan (1903; died March 8, 1995) American author; Great River: The Rio Grande in North American History; Lamy of Santa Fe; Pulitzer Prize for History (1955, 1976)

Died on this day:

Theodore Roethke (1963; born May 25, 1908) American poet; The Waking; The Lost Son; The Far Field; Words for the Wind; Pulitzer Prize for poetry (1954)

Nirad C. Chaudhuri (1999; born November 23, 1897) Indian Bengali-English writer; The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian; The Continent of Circe (essays)

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