Classics Calendar for June 11

A monolith in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, the film
that popularized Also Sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Ben Jonson (1572; died August 6, 1637) English playwright and poet; Volpone; The Alchemist

Richard Strauss (1864; died September 8, 1949) German composer known for operas Der Rosenkavalier; Elektra; and Salome; tone poems Don Juan; Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks; and Also Sprach Zarathustra

A. L. Kroeber (1876; died October 5, 1960) American cultural anthropologist; Handbook of the Indians of California

Kawabata Yasunari (1899; died April 16, 1972) Japanese novelist and short story writer; novels The Scarlet Gang of Asakusa; Snow Country; The Master of Go; Thousand Cranes; The Old Capital; The Sound of the Mountain; Beauty and Sadness; short-stories "The Dancing Girl of Izu"; Palm-of-the-Hand Stories; Nobel Prize in Literature (1968)

William Styron (1925; died November 1, 2006) American novelist and essayist; The Confessions of Nat Turner; Sophie's Choice

Died on this day:

Robert E. Howard (1936; born January 22, 1906) American author of fantasy; Conan the Barbarian (series); Solomon Kane (series); The Hour of the Dragon; "Worms of the Earth"; "Pigeons from Hell"

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