Classics Calendar for July 18

Thackeray's Vanity Fair was named for a scene in Bunyan's
Pilgrim's Progress, emphasizing the silliness of the characters' lives.

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Gilbert White (1720; died June 26, 1793) English naturalist and cleric; A Natural History and Antiquity of Selbourne

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811; died December 24, 1863) English novelist; Catherine; The Luck of Barry Lyndon; Vanity Fair; Pendennis; The Newcomes; The History of Henry Esmond

Clifford Odets (1906; died August 14, 1963) American playwright; Waiting for Lefty; Awake and Sing!; Till the Day I Die; Paradise Lost; Golden Boy; Rocket to the Moon

Thomas Kuhn (1922; died June 17, 1996) American physicist and philosopher of science; The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

Died on this day:

Caravaggio (1610; born September 29, 1571) Italian painter; The Fortune Teller; Amor Victorious; St. Jerome Writing; Supper at Emmaus; The Beheading of St. John the Baptist

Jane Austen (1817; born December 16, 1775) English novelist; Sense and Sensibility; Pride and Prejudice; Mansfield Park; Emma; Northanger Abbey; Persuasion

Francisco Garces (1781; born April 12, 1738) Pioneering Spanish Franciscan missionary and explorer of Sonora and Baja California, Mexico, and Arizona and California, USA. Left a Diary after being killed in an Indian uprising near present-day Yuma, Arizona.

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