Classics Calendar for May 15

Edward Hopper's Nighthawks (detail)

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

L. Frank Baum (1856; died May 6, 1919) American children's author; the Wizard of Oz series

Katherine Anne Porter (1890; died September 18, 1980) American short story writer and novelist known for novel Ship of Fools; short story collection The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter, especially "Flowering Judas," "Theft," "Magic"

Mikhail Bulgakov (1891; died March 10, 1940) Russian writer and playwright; The Master and Margarita

Died on this day:

Emily Dickinson (1886; born December 10, 1830) American poet; short pieces numbering close to 1800; "There is no frigate like a book"; "Because I could not stop for death"; "I taste a liquor never brewed"; "I'm Nobody! Who are you?"; "I like to see it lap the Miles"; etc.

Edward Hopper (1967; born July 22, 1882) American painter; Nighthawks; House by the Railroad; Automat; Chop Suey; Office in a Small City

Carlos Fuentes (2012; born November 11, 1928) Mexican novelist and essayist; Gringo Viejo (The Old Gringo); La Muerte de Artemio Cruz (The Death of Artemio Cruz); Terra Nostra

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