Classics Calendar for October 20

Richard Francis Burton often traveled in
disguise to explore foreign lands. Here he
is a Persian, "Mirza Abdullah the Bushri."

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Thomas Hughes (1822; died March 22, 1896) English author who wrote Tom Brown's School Days

Arthur Rimbaud (1854; died November 10, 1891) French poet who wrote Lettres du voyant (Letters of the Seer); "Le bateau ivre" ("The Drunken Boat"); Une Saison en Enfer (A Season in Hell); Soleil et chair (Sun and Flesh)

John Dewey (1859; died June 1, 1952) American philosopher, psychologist, and educator; Democracy and Education; The Public and its Problems; Art as Experience; Freedom and Culture; Knowing and the Known

"Jelly Roll" Morton (1890; died July 10, 1941) American composer of "Jelly Roll Blues"; "King Porter Stomp"; "Wolverine Blues"; "Black Bottom Stomp"; "I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say"

Daniel Nathan (Frederic Dannay) (1905; died September 3, 1982) 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.)

Robert Pinsky (1940) American poet and essayist who wrote Selected Poems; Poet Laureate of the USA (1997-2000)

Died on this day:

Richard Francis Burton (1890; born March 19, 1821) British explorer and writer who made translations of One Thousand and One Nights and The Kama Sutra; wrote the Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al Madinah and Meccah and the pseudotranslation The Kasidah

Anthony Hecht (2004; born January 16, 1923) American poet who wrote The Hard Hours; Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (1968)

Bonus Classic:

Tacitus (c. 56-c. 120) Roman historian who wrote the History; Annals; and Germania

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