Classics Calendar for August 2

Futuristic poster for Fritz
1927 science-
fiction film Metropolis.

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

John Tyndall (1820; died December 4, 1893) Anglo-Irish scientist; Heat: a Mode of Motion

James Baldwin (1924; died December 1, 1987) American novelist, essayist, playwright, and poet; Go Tell It on the Mountain; Notes of a Native Son; The Fire Next Time; Blues for Mister Charlie; Just Above My Head

Nakagami Kenji (1946; died August 12, 1992) Japanese novelist and essayist; The Cape; The Sea of Withered Trees; Hanzo's Bird; The Immortal; The Cape and other stories from the Japanese Ghetto; Snakelust

Died on this day:

Thomas Gainsborough (1788; born May 14, 1727) English painter; Mr. and Mrs. Andrews; The Blue Boy; The Watering Place; Girl with Pigs

Alexander Graham Bell (1922; born March 3, 1847) Scottish-born American scientist; scientific papers, and especially his Notebooks

Oliver La Farge (1963; born December 19, 1901) American novelist and anthropologist; Laughing Boy; Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, (1929)

Wallace Stevens (1955; born October 2, 1879) American poet who wrote "Anecdote of the Jar"; "Disillusionment of Ten O'Clock"; "The Emperor of Ice-Cream"; "The Idea of Order at Key West"; "Sunday Morning"; "The Snow Man"; and "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird"; Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (1955)

Fritz Lang (1976; born December 5, 1890) Austrian-German filmmaker; Metropolis; M; The Big Heat; Fury; You Only Live Once; The Woman in the Window; While the City Sleeps

Raymond Carver (1988; born May 25, 1938) American short-story writer and poet who contributed to the revitalization of the American short story during the 1980s. His story "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love" was the "play within a play" in Alejandro Iñárritu's film Birdman; the short story collection Where I'm Calling From is cited by Bloom.

William S. Burroughs (1997; born February 5, 1914) American novelist, short story writer, satirist, essayist; Naked Lunch; Junkie

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