Classics Calendar for June 18

From the cover of the Penguin Classics
edition (2006) of Samuel Butler's Erewhon

Here are today's milestones:

Died on this day:

Andrew Russell Forsyth (1858; died June 2, 1942) British mathematician known for lecture "Mathematics, in Life and Thought"; mammoth six-volume Theory of Differential Equations, among many other sleep-inducing tomes

Samuel Butler (1902; born December 4, 1835) English author; Erewhon; The Way of All Flesh

Maxim Gorky (1936; born March 28, 1868) Russian novelist, dramatist, short story writer, and poet; short story Twenty-six Men and a Girl; poem "The Song of the Stormy Petrel"; novel The Mother; plays The Lower Depths, Summerfolk and Children of the Sun

John Cheever (1982; born May 27, 1912) 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

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