Classics Calendar for September 11

A relatively tame shot of Lady Chatterley (Sylvia Kristel)
and her Lover (Nicholas Clay) in a 1981 R-rated
film version of the novel by D.H. Lawrence

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Pierre de Ronsard (1524; died December 27, 1585) French poet known for Les Odes; Les Amours; Sonnets pour Hélène; Discours

Fitz Hugh Ludlow (1836; died September 12, 1870) American author, journalist, and explorer best known for his autobiographical book The Hasheesh Eater

O. Henry (1862; died June 5, 1910) American short story writer famous for with surprise endings, among the best-known "The Gift of the Magi"; "The Ransom of Red Chief"; and "The Cop and the Anthem"

James Jeans (1877; died September 16, 1946) English scientist known for physics, astronomy, and mathematics; The Universe Around Us

D.H. Lawrence (1885; died March 2, 1930) English writer known for novels Sons and Lovers; Women in Love; Lady Chatterley's Lover; short stories "The Prussian Officer"; "The Rocking-Horse Winner"

Died on this day:

Robert W. Service (1958; born January 16, 1874) British-Canadian poet known for "The Shooting of Dan McGrew" and "The Cremation of Sam McGee"

Bonus Classic:

Sappho (630/612-c. 570 BCE) Greek poet; though her poems survive only in fragments, their homoerotic nature, and her residence on the isle of Lesbos, gave rise to the modern use of the term "Lesbian" to refer to female homosexuals. (The word was originally, and can still be, simply a proper adjective for anything from Lesbos.) The adjective "Sapphic" is also used.

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