Classics Calendar for October 3

Raquel Welch as Myra Breckinridge (formerly
Myron) in a 1970 film adaptation of Gore Vidal's novel

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Thomas Wolfe (1900; died September 15, 1938) American novelist known for Look Homeward, Angel; Of Time and the River; You Can't Go Home Again; The Web and the Rock

Gore Vidal (1925; died July 31, 2012) American novelist, essayist, and dramatist who wrote The City and the Pillar; Julian; Myra Breckinridge; Burr; Lincoln

Died on this day:

Francis of Assisi (1226; born September 26, 1182) Italian friar and preacher who wrote Regula non bullata (the Earlier Rule) and Regula bullata (the Later Rule); Testament; Admonitions; letters and prayers, including "Canticum Fratris Solis" ("Canticle of Brother Sun")

William Morris (1896; born March 24, 1834) English poet and novelist who wrote News from Nowhere; The Well at the World's End; The Story of the Volsungs and Niblungs

Jean Anouilh (1987; born June 23, 1910) French dramatist who wrote The Lark; Becket; Traveler without Luggage; Antigone

Bonus Classic:

Archimedes (c. 287-c. 212) Greek mathematician and scientist; On Floating Bodies; The Sand Reckoner

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