Classics Calendar for August 27

The Assumption of the Virgin by Titian

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770; died November 14, 1831) German philosopher; The Phenomenology of Mind; lectures

Theodore Dreiser (1871; died December 28, 1945) American novelist who wrote Sister Carrie and An American Tragedy

Miyazawa Kenji (1896; died September 21, 1933) Japanese poet and author of children's literature such as Ginga Tetsudo no Yoru (Night on the Galactic Railroad); Kaze no Matasaburo (Matasaburo of the Wind); Sero Hiki no Goshu (Gauche the Cellist)

Maruya Saiichi (1925; died October 13, 2012) Japanese novelist who also translated James Joyce; Singular Rebellion; Rain in the Wind: Four Stories; A Mature Woman; Grass for My Pillow

Died on this day:

Titian (1576; born Unknown Date, 1488 or 1490) Italian Renaissance painter called by contemporaries "The Sun Amidst Small Stars"; best-known works include The Assumption of the Virgin; The Rape of Europa; Allegory of Prudence; Sacred and Profane Love; The Venus of Urbino

Lope de Vega (1635; born November 25, 1562) Spanish playwright, poet and novelist, esteemed second only to Cervantes; Fuenteovejuna; El Perro del Hortelano (The Dog in the Manger); Punishment Without Revenge

W. E. B. DuBois (1963; born February 23, 1868) American co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); wrote The Souls of Black Folk

Harvey Fergusson (1971; born January 28, 1890) American Southwest writer of the "Followers of the Sun" trilogy: The Blood of the Conquerors; In Those Days; and Wolf Song

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