Classics Calendar for August 3

Bold cover for an edition of Joseph
Conrad's Heart of Darkness

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Clifford D. Simak (1904; died April 25, 1988) American author of science fiction; City; Way Station

P. D. James (1920; died November 27, 2014) English author of crime stories; the Adam Dalgliesh series

Died on this day:

Joseph Conrad (1924; born December 3, 1857) Polish-British novelist; The Nigger of the "Narcissus"; Heart of Darkness; Lord Jim; Typhoon; Nostromo; The Secret Agent; Under Western Eyes

Thorstein Veblen (1929; born July 30, 1857) Norwegian-American economist and sociologist; The Theory of the Leisure Class

Colette (1954; born January 28, 1873) French novelist; Gigi; the Claudine stories

Flannery O'Connor (1964; born March 25, 1925) American novelist and short story writer; Wise Blood; The Violent Bear It Away; A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories

Beryl Markham (1986; born October 26, 1902) British-born Kenyan adventurer and author who wrote West with the Night

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (2008; born December 11, 1918) Russian novelist, historian, and short story writer; The First Circle; One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich; Cancer Ward; August 1914; The Gulag Archipelago; Nobel Prize in Literature (1970)

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