Classics Calendar for September 16

"The Trapper" in an 1894 edition of Francis
The Oregon Trail

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Hildegard of Bingen (1098; died September 17, 1179--that's tomorrow!) German abbess, philosopher, and mystic known for mystic works Scivias (Know the Ways); Liber Vitae Meritorum (Book of Life's Merits); Liber Divinorum Operum (Book of Divine Works)

Francis Parkman (1823; died November 8, 1893) American historian known for The Oregon Trail: Sketches of Prairie and Rocky-Mountain Life; France and England in North America

Died on this day:

Anne Bradstreet (1672; born March 20, 1612) English-American poet known for The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America

James Jeans (1946; born September 11, 1877) English scientist known for physics, astronomy, and mathematics; The Universe Around Us

Edward Albee (2016; born March 12, 1928) American playwright; Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; The Zoo Story; A Delicate Balance; The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?; Pulitzer Prize for Drama (1967, 1975, and 1994)

Richard Brautigan (1984; born January 30, 1935) American novelist, poet, and short story writer whose work often uses black comedy, parody, and satire. Best known for his novels Trout Fishing in America and In Watermelon Sugar.

Bonus Classic:

Sunzi (544-496 BCE) Chinese strategist; Sunzi Bing Fa (The Art of War)

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