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  We know of 4 events of note in literature and the arts that occurred on July 29:
  • Edmund O'Connor, who wrote the political novel The Last Hurrah, was born on this day in 1918.
  • English sculptor Henry Moore was born on this day in 1898.
  • The French writer Alexis de Toqueville, who gave the world its first view of America and Americans, was born on this day in 1805.
  • The Italian Giorgio Vasari, who wrote the book Lives of the Painters, was born on this day in 1511. Vasari's work is the source of much of what we know about the medieval and Renaissance artists, information which, for example, Browning used in the composition of the dramatic monologues "Fra Lippo Lippi" and "Andrea del Sarto."