Classics Calendar for July 22

"The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus was
written to help raise money to build the
pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Emma Lazarus (1849; died July 22, 1849) American poet; "The New Colossus"

Margery Williams (1881; died September 4, 1944) English-American author known for children's books, including The Velveteen Rabbit

Edward Hopper (1882; died May 15, 1967) American painter; Nighthawks; House by the Railroad; Automat; Chop Suey; Office in a Small City

Stephen Vincent Benét (1898; died March 13, 1943) American poet, short story writer, and novelist; long poem John Brown's Body; short stories, "The Devil and Daniel Webster" and "By the Waters of Babylon"; two Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry (1929, 1944)

Died on this day:

Carl Sandburg (1967; born January 6, 1878) American poet, writer, and editor; poetry Chicago Poems; The People, Yes; history Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years and The War Years; Rootabaga Stories for children; two Pulitzer Prizes in Poetry (1919, 1951); one for History (1940)

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