Classics Calendar for August 15

From the cover of the Classic Comic's'
version of Walter Scott's Ivanhoe

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Li Yu (c. 937; died Unknown Date, 978) Chinese emperor and poet; wrote works in various forms and styles; some were composed in exile after the fall of his ineptly-governed kingdom (one of the last gasps of the glorious Tang); titles include "Alone Up the Western Tower" and the prose-ish "Dirge for the Zhaohui Queen Zhou"

Jeremy Taylor (1613; died August 13, 1667) English cleric; Holy Living and Holy Dying

Walter Scott (1771; died September 21, 1832) Scottish novelist and poet who wrote Ivanhoe; Rob Roy; The Lady of the Lake; Waverley; The Heart of Midlothian; The Bride of Lammermoor

Thomas De Quincey (1785; died December 8, 1859) English essayist; Confessions of an English Opium-Eater; "On the Knocking at the Gate in Macbeth"; "On Murder Considered as one of the Fine Arts"; The English Mail-Coach; Autobiographical Sketches

E. Nesbit (1858; died May 4, 1924) English author of children's literature and poet; the Bastable series; The Railway Children; over a dozen more children's books, as well as stories and adult novels

Edna Ferber (1885; died April 16, 1968) American novelist, short story writer and playwright; So Big; Cimarron; Show Boat; Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1925)

Died on this day:

O no Yasumaro (723; birthdate unknown) Japanese chronicler; compiled and edited Kojiki (A Record of Ancient Matters), a book of mythology and history; probably assisted Prince Toneri with Nihon Shoki (The Chronicles of Japan)

Ibn Hazm (1064; born November 7, 994) Andalusian Muslim poet and philosopher who wrote Tawq al-Hamama (The Ring of the Dove)

Thomas Kyd (1594; born November 6, 1558) English playwright; The Spanish Tragedy; King Leir; Arden of Faversham; Edward III

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