Classics Calendar for November 7

Albert Camus uses The Myth of Sisyphus
(seen here in a painting by Titian) as an allegory
of the absurdity of modern life.

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Albert Camus (1913; died January 4, 1960) French philosopher, author, and journalist; The Stranger; The Plague; The Myth of Sisyphus; Nobel Prize in Literature, (1957)

Ibn Hazm (994; died August 15, 1064) Andalusian Muslim poet and philosopher who wrote Tawq al-Hamama (The Ring of the Dove)

Konrad Lorenz (1903; died February 27, 1989) Austrian biologist; On Aggression; King Solomon's Ring; Man Meets Dog; Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, (1973)

Marie Curie (1867; died July 4, 1934) Polish-French scientist; The Discovery of Radium; Pierre Curie

Died on this day:

Will Durant (1981; born November 5, 1885) American writer, historian, and philosopher; The Story of Civilization; The Story of Philosophy

Lawrence Durrell (1990; born February 27, 1912) British novelist, poet, playwright, and travel writer; The Alexandria Quartet (Justine; Balthazar; Mountolive; Clea)

Bonus Classic:

The Dream of the Rood (8th century) English poem in which the Cross of Christ tells of the honor it gained through its role in his death

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