Classics Calendar for May 23

Theodor Kittelsen's illustration of "The Hall of
the Mountain King" in Henrik Ibsen's Peer Gynt

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Thomas Hood (1799; died May 3, 1845) English poet; "The Bridge of Sighs"; "The Song of the Shirt"; The Plea of the Midsummer Fairies, Hero and Leander, Lycus the Centaur and Other Poems; National Tales

Susan Cooper (1935) English author of children's literature; The Dark Is Rising series (Over Sea, Under Stone; The Dark Is Rising; Greenwitch; The Grey King; Silver on the Tree)

Died on this day:

Henrik Ibsen (1906; born March 20, 1828) Norwegian playwright and poet; Peer Gynt; An Enemy of the People; A Doll's House; Hedda Gabler; Ghosts; The Wild Duck; The Master Builder; with Kielland, Lie, and Bjørnson, one of Norway's "Four Greats."

Bonus Classic:

The Tibetan Book of the Dead (8th-14th centuries) A guide through the realms of consciousness encountered after death, the much-misunderstood "Bardo," the interval between death and the next rebirth.

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