Classics Calendar for October 30

Robert Baddeley as the "friendly Jew" Moses in
Richard Sheridan's The School for Scandal, c. 1781

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

John Adams (1735; died July 4, 1826) American lawyer, author, President; The Works of John Adams

Richard Sheridan (1751; died July 7, 1816) Irish satirical playwright and poet; The School for Scandal; The Rivals; The Duenna; A Trip to Scarborough

Gertrude Atherton (1857; died June 14, 1948) American author; Black Oxen; The Splendid Idle Forties

Paul Valéry (1871; died July 20, 1945) French poet, essayist, and philosopher; La Jeune Parque (The Young Fate); "Le Cimetière marin" ("The Cemetery by the Sea"); "L'Ébauche d'un serpent" ("Silhouette of a Serpent")

Ezra Pound (1885; died November 1, 1972) American poet and critic; Ripostes; Hugh Selwyn Mauberley; The Cantos

Died on this day:

Joseph Campbell (1987; born March 26, 1904) American mythologist, writer and lecturer who wrote The Hero with a Thousand Faces; the four-part Masks of God; The Mythic Image; A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living; The Power of Myth

Claude Lévi-Strauss (2009; born November 28, 1908) French anthropologist who wrote Tristes Tropiques (Sad Tropics); La Pensée sauvage (The Savage Mind); Le Cru et le cuit (The Raw and the Cooked); Myth and Meaning

Bonus Classic:

Guan Hanqing (c. 1241-1320) Chinese playwright and poet; Dou E Yuan (The Injustice to Dou E)

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