Classics Calendar for August 9

Illustration from the first edition of
P. L. Travers's Mary Poppins

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Izaak Walton (1593; died December 15, 1683) English writer; The Compleat Angler; Walton's Lives

John Dryden (1631; died May 12, 1700) English poet and playwright; Poems Absalom and Achitophel, Mac Flecknoe, The Hind and the Panther; plays Marriage à la mode and All for Love

P. L. Travers (1899; died April 23, 1996) Australian-born British novelist and children's writer; the "Mary Poppins" series; spiritual writings

Philip Larkin (1922; died December 2, 1985) English poet and novelist; The Whitsun Weddings; High Windows

Died on this day:

Hieronymus Bosch (1516; born Unknown Date, c. 1450) Dutch painter; The Garden of Earthly Delights; The Temptation of St. Anthony; The Adoration of the Magi

Frederick Marryat (1848; born July 10, 1792) British novelist and naval officer; Mr. Midshipman Easy; The Children of the New Forest; The Phantom Ship

Ruggero Leoncavallo (1919; born April 23, 1857) Italian composer; Pagliacci

Lincoln Steffens (1936; born April 6, 1866) American writer; The Shame of the Cities; Boy on Horseback (part of his Autobiography)

Tobias Dantzig (1956; born February 19, 1884) Latvian-American mathematician; Number: The Language of Science; Aspects of Science; Mathematics in Ancient Greece

Hermann Hesse (1962; born July 2, 1877) German-born Swiss poet and novelist; Steppenwolf; Siddhartha; The Glass Bead Game; Nobel Prize in Literature (1946)

Dmitri Shostakovich (1975; born September 25, 1906) Russian composer best known for Symphonies number 5, 7 and 10

No comments:

Post a Comment