Classics Calendar for October 18

Thomas A. Edison having another bright idea

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Pierre Choderlos de Laclos (1741; died September 5, 1803) French novelist, best known for writing the epistolary novel Dangerous Liaisons

Thomas Love Peacock (1785; died January 23, 1866) English novelist and poet who wrote Nightmare Abbey; Maid Marian; Crotchet Castle; Headlong Hall; The Misfortunes of Elphin; also, satirical verse

Juan Valera (1824; died April 18, 1905) Spanish author known for Pepita Jimenez

Liu E (1857; died August 23, 1909) Chinese novelist who wrote Lao Can Youji (The Travels of Lao Can)

Henri Bergson (1859; died January 4, 1941) French philosopher; Time and Free Will; Laughter; Dreams Nobel Prize in Literature (1927)

Died on this day:

Thomas A. Edison (1931; born February 11, 1847) American scientist and inventor who left behind a Diary and published Papers

Bonus Classic:

John Ford (1586-c. 1639) English playwright and poet best kown for 'Tis Pity She's a Whore

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