Classics Calendar for September 13

The cast of the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the
Chocolate Factory
, based on Roald Dahl's
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Daniel Defoe (1660; died April 24, 1731) English writer; Robinson Crusoe; Moll Flanders

Sherwood Anderson (1876; died March 8, 1941) American writer known for Winesburg, Ohio; Dark Laughter

Roald Dahl (1916; died November 23, 1990) British writer best known for children's books such as James and the Giant Peach; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Fantastic Mr Fox; The BFG; Matilda

Mildred D. Taylor (1943) American writer known for Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (part of the "Logans" series)

Died on this day:

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1592; born February 28, 1533) French essayist known for Meditations; Essays; In Defense of Raymond Sebond

Italo Svevo (1928; born December 19, 1861) Italian novelist, playwright, and short story writer who wrote The Confession of Zeno and As a Man Grows Older

Bonus Classic:

Aesop (c. 620-564 BCE) Greek fabulist; his Fables have been popular for millenia, so much so that others have slipped their stories into his collection.

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