Classics Calendar for July 11

The painting popularly known as "Whistler's Mother"
by James Abbott McNeill Whistler

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Susan Warner (1819; died March 17, 1885) American writer; The Wide, Wide World; What She Could

James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834; died July 17, 1903) American artist; Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. I: The Artist's Mother (known as "Whistler's Mother")

E. B. White (1899; died October 1, 1985) American writer best known for The Elements of Style (with William Strunk); and children's books Charlotte's Web; Stuart Little; The Trumpet of the Swan

Jhumpa Lahiri (1967) Indian American novelist and short story writer; Interpreter of Maladies; The Namesake; Unaccustomed Earth; The Lowland; Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (2000)

Died on this day:

George Gershwin (1937; born September 26, 1898) American composer who wrote "Someone to Watch Over Me"; "I've Got a Crush on You"; "Embraceable You"; Porgy and Bess; Rhapsody in Blue; An American in Paris

Delmore Schwartz (1966; born December 8, 1913) American poet and short story writer; In Dreams Begin Responsibilities; Summer Knowledge: New and Selected Poems

Ross Macdonald (1983; born December 13, 1915) American-Canadian author of crime stories; the Lew Archer series

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