Wednesday, November 08, 2006

United In Death - November 8

Today' mashup unites an American painter, a British poet, and a Scottish philospher, all of whom died on a November 8th.

Norman Rockwell 1894-1978, American painter
John Milton 1608-1674, British poet
Duns Scotus 1255/66-1308, Scottish Philosopher

Rockwell is best known for his cover paintings for the Saturday Evening Post.

Milton left Cambridge University following a fist-fight with his tutor. His work Areopagitica, published as a pamphlet, is a seminal reference that argues for freedom of speech. View his poems here.

An interesting discussion of the birthplace and philosophy of Blessed John Duns Scotus is available in the Catholic Encyclopedia.

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