Classics Calendar for August 11

LeVar Burton as young Kunta Kinte in the 1977
TV miniseries of Alex Haley's Roots

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Hugh MacDiarmid (1892; died September 9, 1978) Scottish poet and essayist known for A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle

Alex Haley (1921; died February 10, 1992) American author; Roots; The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Died on this day:

John Henry Newman (1890; born February 21, 1801) Catholic cardinal and theologian converted from Anglicanism and became an apologist for the Catholic cause; wrote numerous Tracts for the Times; the Apologia Pro Vita Sua (Defense of One's Life, an autobiography); the Grammar of Assent; and the poem The Dream of Gerontius

Edith Wharton (1937; born January 24, 1862) American novelist and short story writer; The House of Mirth; Ethan Frome; The Age of Innocence; Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1920)

V. S. Naipaul (2018; born August 17, 1932) Trinidadian British novelist and essayist; A House for Mr Biswas; In a Free State; A Bend in the River; The Enigma of Arrival; Nobel Prize in Literature (2001)

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