Classics Calendar for September 3

The library at UCLA was named for long-time librarian
and "California bookman" Lawrence Clark Powell

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Sarah Orne Jewett (1849; died June 24, 1909) American novelist, short story writer, and poet known for works set in the Northeast U.S. state of Maine, especially The Country of the Pointed Firs.

Lawrence Clark Powell (1906; died March 14, 2001) American author and librarian known for books about books and authors

Loren Eiseley (1907; died July 9, 1977) American anthropologist and science writer known for The Immense Journey, Darwin's Century, and The Unexpected Universe

Died on this day:

Frank Capra (1991; born May 18, 1897) Italian-American film director, producer and writer known for Oscar-winning films like It Happened One Night, You Can't Take It With You, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, It's a Wonderful Life.

e. e. cummings (1962; born October 14, 1894) American poet known for odd capitalization, strange arrangement on the page, and untitled poems referred to by their first lines, such as "in Just-," "next to of course god america I," " l(a," "i sing of Olaf glad and big," "Buffalo Bill's," and "i carry your heart with me"

Daniel Nathan (Frederic Dannay) (1982; born October 20, 1905) half of a pair of cousins who together created the fictional character and equally-fictional writer "Ellery Queen." (His cousin's name was Emanuel Benjamin Lepofsky, pen named Manfred Bennington Lee.)

Ivan Turgenev (1883; born November 9, 1818) Russian novelist, short story writer, and playwright known for the novel Fathers and Sons.

John Ashbery (2017; born July 28, 1927) American poet; Self-portrait in a Convex Mirror; Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (1976)

Bonus Classic:

The Epic of Gilgamesh (c. 2100) is an Ancient Mesopotamian epic about the adventures of God-King Gilgamesh and his wild-man friend Enkidu. It was edited by Scribe Sin-Leqi-Unninni around 700 BCE.

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