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  We know of 7 events of note in literature and the arts that occurred on August 2:
  • American author Caleb Carr was born on this day in 1955.
  • English aesthete poet Ernest Dowson was born on this day in 1867, His poem "Non sum qualis eram bonae sub regno Cynarae" is the source of Margaret Mitchell's title Gone with the Wind.
  • George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans) began drafting her most ambitious novel. Middlemarch, on this day in 1869. She drew on her own life in the West Country of her youth, about the time of the Reform Bill.
  • James Baldwin was born on this day in 1924. He lived most of his adult life in Paris.
  • On this day in 1740, in the masque Alfred, with words by James Thompson and music by Thomas Arne, the anthem "Rule, Britannia!" was first performed.
  • On this day in 1823, Lord Byron set sail on the Cephalonia for Greece to join that country's revolution against the Turkish Empire.
  • On this day in 1920, the popular novelist P.D. James was born.