Classics Calendar for September 12

Yours truly with statues of Yaji and Kita from
Jippensha Ikku's Tokaidochu Hizakurige
(Shank's Mare) in Yui, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
(Author's photo)

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Edward Shepherd Creasy (1812; died January 17, 1878) English historian; wrote Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World

H. L. Mencken (1880; died January 29, 1956) American man of letters known for The American Language

Michael Ondaatje (1943) Sri-Lankan born Canadian writer known for poems and novels, including The English Patient; Anil's Ghost

Died on this day:

Jippensha Ikku (1831; born Unknown Date, 1765) Japanese writer known for the humorous satire-cum-guidebook Tokaidochu Hizakurige (Shank's Mare along the Tokaido)

Fitz Hugh Ludlow (1870; born September 11, 1836) American author, journalist, and explorer best known for his autobiographical book The Hasheesh Eater

Francois Guizot (1874; born October 4, 1787) French historian, orator, and statesman prior to the Revolution of 1848; numerous works include A Popular History of France from the Earliest Times (6 Volumes); Memoirs

Robert Lowell (1977; born March 1, 1917) American poet known for Lord Weary's Castle; Life Studies; For the Union Dead

David Foster Wallace (2008; born February 21, 1962) American writer known for novels The Broom of the System; Infinite Jest; The Pale King (unfinished); short story collectionBrief Interviews with Hideous Men; essay collection A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again

Bonus Classic:

Thales (c. 624-c. 546 BCE) pre-Socratic Greek philosopher; his works survive only in fragments

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