Classics Calendar for November 24

Diego Rivera's sumptuous The Flower Seller

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Baruch Spinoza (1632; died February 21, 1677) Dutch-born Portuguese Jewish philosopher whose writings laid the groundwork for the Enlightenment and modern biblical criticism. His magnum opus was the Ethics.

Laurence Sterne (1713; died March 18, 1768) Irish novelist and Anglican cleric; The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman; and A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy

Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849; died October 29, 1924) English-American novelist and playwright; Little Lord Fauntleroy; A Little Princess; The Secret Garden

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864; died September 9, 1901) French painter known for paintings of Paris night-life in the late 19th century, such as At the Moulin Rouge

Scott Joplin (1868; died April 1, 1917) American composer; ragtime composer, "Maple Leaf Rag"; "The Entertainer"; opera Treemonisha.

Arundhati Roy (1961) Indian author; The God of Small Things

Died on this day:

John Knox (1572; born Unknown Date, 1513) Scottish clergyman, theologian, and writer; First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women

Charles Fletcher Lummis (1928; born March 1, 1859) American journalist, historian, ethnographer, archaeologist, poet, librarian, and museum founder; Land of Sunshine (magazine, later called Out West); Some Strange Corners of Our Country; The Spanish Pioneers and the California Missions; Flowers Of Our Lost Romance; A Tramp Across the Continent; The Land of Poco Tiempo

Diego Rivera (1957; born December 8, 1886) Mexican painter and muralist; murals Man, Controller of the Universe; The History of Mexico; paintings The Fecund Earth; The Flower Seller

John Rawls (2002; born February 21, 1921) American philosopher; A Theory of Justice

Bonus Classic:

Thomas Nashe (1567-c. 1601) English playwright and poet; The Unfortunate Traveller; Summer's Last Will and Testament

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