Classics Calendar for September 17

Plums, 1920 (by Georgia O'Keeffe), the fruit that inspired
petty larceny in the poem "This Is Just To Say"
by William Carlos Williams

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Antoine Nicolas de Condorcet (1743; died March 28, 1794) French philosopher known for The Progress of the Human Mind

William Carlos Williams (1883; died March 4, 1963) American poet known for "The Red Wheelbarrow"; "This Is Just To Say"; Spring and All; Paterson

Frank O'Connor (1903; died March 10, 1966) Irish short story writer, poet, and novelist known for short stories "Guests of the Nation"; "The Majesty of Law"; "First Confession"; "My Oedipus Complex"; also poems and novels

Robert B. Parker (1932; died January 18, 2010) American writer known for detective novels featuring Spenser, Jesse Stone, and Sunny Randall

Ken Kesey (1935; died November 10, 2001) American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet; One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest; Sometimes a Great Notion

Died on this day:

Hildegard of Bingen (1179; born September 16, 1098) German abbess, philosopher, and mystic known for mystic works Scivias (Know the Ways); Liber Vitae Meritorum (Book of Life's Merits); Liber Divinorum Operum (Book of Divine Works)

Walter Savage Landor (1864; born January 30, 1775) English author and poet known for Imaginary Conversations; Rose Aylmer

Tobias Smollett (1771; born March 19, 1721) Scottish novelist and poet known for Roderick Random; Peregrine Pickle; Sir Launcelot Greaves

Ruth Benedict (1948; born June 5, 1887) American anthropologist known for Patterns of Culture; The Chrysanthemum and the Sword

Bonus Classic:

Heraclitus (c. 535-c. 475 BCE) pre-Socratic Greek philosopher; On Nature (survives only in fragments)

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