Classics Calendar for May 27

Lurid illustration from a Dutch serialization of Rachel
Carson's Silent Spring, showing the effects of DDT

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Ibn Khaldun (1332; died March 19, 1406) North African Muslim historian; Muqaddimah (part I of a history of the world, Kitāb al-'Ibar)

Walter Nordhoff (1858; died February 25, 1937) American businessman and author; wrote The Journey of the Flame under a pen name

Dashiell Hammett (1894; died January 10, 1961) American crime writer who created the characters Sam Spade (The Maltese Falcon); Nick and Nora Charles (The Thin Man); the Continental Op (Red Harvest and The Dain Curse); also wrote short stories

Rachel Carson (1907; died April 14, 1964) American biologist; The Sea Around Us; The Edge of the Sea; Silent Spring

John Cheever (1912; died June 18, 1982) American novelist and short story writer; stories "The Enormous Radio"; "Goodbye, My Brother"; "The Five-Forty-Eight"; "The Country Husband"; "The Swimmer"; novel The Wapshot Chronicle

Tony Hillerman (1925; died October 26, 2008) American author of detective novels and non-fiction works who wrote the "Joe Leaphorn" and "Jim Chee" series (The Blessing Way etc.) about Navajo Tribal Police

John Barth (1930) American writer; The Floating Opera; The End of the Road; The Sot-Weed Factor; Giles Goat-Boy; Lost in the Funhouse

Harlan Ellison (1934; died June 28, 2018) American author of science fiction; A Boy and His Dog; I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream; "Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman

Died on this day:

John Calvin (1564; born July 10, 1509) French theologian and pastor; The Institutes of the Christian Religion; Bible commentaries

Niccolo Paganini (1840; born October 27, 1782) Italian composer; 24 Caprices for Solo Violin

Bonus Classic:

G. Wilson Knight (1897-1995) English literary critic known for The Wheel of Fire; The Burning Oracle

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