Classics Calendar for August 24

This silver coin from Knossos illustrates a key idea of
Jorge Luis Borges, poet of labyrinths and forking paths

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Robert Herrick (1591; died October 15, 1674) English poet and cleric; "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time" and hundreds more

Max Beerbohm (1872; died May 20, 1956) English essayist, parodist, and caricaturist who wrote Zuleika Dobson; Seven Men; A Christmas Garland

Jean Rhys (1890; died May 14, 1979) Anglo-Dominican novelist, short story writer, essayist; Wide Sargasso Sea; Voyage in the Dark; Good Morning, Midnight

Jorge Luis Borges (1899; died June 14, 1986) Argentine writer of short stories and essays, including A Universal History of Infamy, The Garden of Forking Paths, and Labyrinths

Died on this day:

Su Dongpo (1101; born January 8, 1037) major Chinese poet; around 2,700 poems, including Chibifu (The Red Cliffs); Nian Nu Jiao: Chibi Huai Gu (Remembering Chibi); and Shui diao ge tou (Remembering Su Zhe on the Mid-Autumn Festival). Also, one of "Eight Great Prose Masters of the Tang and Song."

Simone Weil (1943; born February 3, 1909) French philosopher, mystic, and political activist who wrote Waiting for God

Lao She (1966; born February 3, 1899) Chinese novelist and dramatist; Rickshaw Boy; Teahouse

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