Classics Calendar for April 5

Joseph Lister sprays antiseptic on a patient during surgery

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Thomas Hobbes (1588; died December 4, 1679) English philosopher; Leviathan

Joseph Lister (1827; died February 10, 1912) British surgeon; On the Antiseptic Principle of the Practice of Surgery; Autobiography

Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837; died April 10, 1909) English poet, playwright, novelist, and critic; Poems and Ballads

Booker T. Washington (1856; died November 14, 1915) American educator and author; The Story of My Life and Work; Up From Slavery

Died on this day:

Allen Ginsberg (1997; born June 3, 1926) American poet; best-known for "Howl"

Saul Bellow (2005; born June 10, 1915) Canadian-American novelist, short story writer, and playwright; The Adventures of Augie March; Henderson the Rain King; Herzog; Mr. Sammler's Planet; Humboldt's Gift; Nobel Prize in Literature (1976); Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1976)

Bonus Classic:

Xingshi Yinyuan Zhuan (composed between 1618 and 1681) "The Story of a Marital Fate to Awaken the World," Chinese novel attributed to "Xizhou Sheng" (a pseudonym).

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