Herman Melville Died Today, Miguel de Cervantes was Born Tomorrow, and Truman Capote Came the Day After Tomorrow

In an effort to “scoop” everybody on all three of these breaking stories, we figured it would be wise to lump all of them into one post.

Herman Melville, who you know we love, died on this day in 1891.

Miguel de Cervantes was born on September 29th in 1547

Truman Capote was born on September 30th, 1924.

Then October starts, and we celebrate the birthday of Walter Matthu.  While not a noted literary superstar, he was in Grumpy Old Men (1 and 2).  That has to count for something.


  1. Anyone have any opinion on which is the best English translation of “Don Quixote”? There doesn’t seem to be much accord on the Internet.

  2. The Edith Grossman one (pictured). I think there are two different editions, but one has a forward by Harold Bloom.