Classics Calendar for August 22

Stéphane Mallarmé as a faun on the cover of a
literary magazine. Claude Debussy's tone poem
Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun was
inspired by Mallarmé's poem of the same name.

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Gong Zizhen (1792; died September 26, 1841) Chinese poet; Jihai Zashi (Miscellaneous Poems in the Year of Ji Hai)

Claude Debussy (1862; died March 25, 1918) French composer; Pelleas et Melisande; La Mer; Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

Ray Bradbury (1920; died June 5, 2012) American science fiction writer; Fahrenheit 451; The Martian Chronicles; Something Wicked This Way Comes; "The Veldt"; "All Summer in a Day"; Pulitzer Prize Special Citations and Awards (Letters) (2007)

E. Annie Proulx (1935) American novelist, short story writer, and journalist; Postcards; The Shipping News; Close Range: Wyoming Stories includes "Brokeback Mountain"; Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1994)

Died on this day:

Kate Chopin (1904; born February 8, 1850) American novelist and short story writer; The Awakening; "The Kiss"

Shimazaki Toson (1943; born March 25, 1872) Japanese novelist; The Broken Commandment; The Family; Before the Dawn

Jacob Bronowski (1974; born January 18, 1908) Polish-born British mathematician, historian of science, and poet; The Ascent of Man

Lancelot Hogben (1975; born December 9, 1895) British scientist; Mathematics for the Million; Science for the Citizen

James T. Farrell (1979; born February 27, 1904) American novelist, short-story writer, and poet; The Studs Lonigan Trilogy

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