Classics Calendar for February 5

Chances are, Death Valley in '49 (when William L. Manly
was there) probably looked pretty much like it does today.

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

William S. Burroughs (1914; died August 2, 1997) American novelist, short story writer, satirist, essayist; Naked Lunch; Junkie

Died this on day:

Thomas Carlyle (1881; born December 4, 1795) Scottish philosopher; On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and The Heroic in History; The French Revolution: A History; Sartor Resartus

William L. Manly (1903; born April 6, 1820) American pioneer; Death Valley in '49

Marianne Moore (1972; born November 15, 1887) American poet; Collected Poems; "Poetry" (a poem); Pulitzer Prize in Poetry (1951)

Bonus Classic:

Diamond Sutra (before 401 CE) Indian Buddhist text; one of the shortest, densest of sutras, it "cuts like a diamond," and emphasizes non-attachment

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