Classics Calendar for September 21

The Dude (Jeff Bridges), Donny (Steve Buscemi), and Walter
(John Goodman) in Joel and Ethan Coen's The Big Lebowski

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

H. G. Wells (1866; died August 13, 1946) English novelist who wrote The Time Machine; The Invisible Man; The War of the Worlds; The Island of Doctor Moreau

Gustav Holst (1874; died May 25, 1934) English composer known for The Planets

Kay Ryan (1945) American poet known for The Best of It: New and Selected Poems; US Poet Laureate (2008-2010); Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (2011)

Ethan Coen (1958) American filmmaker who, with brother Joel, made Raising Arizona; Barton Fink; Fargo; The Big Lebowski; O Brother, Where Art Thou?; No Country for Old Men

Died on this day:

Virgil (19 BCE; born October 15, 70 BCE) Roman poet known for The Aeneid; The Eclogues; The Georgics

Walter Scott (1832; born August 15, 1771) Scottish Novelist and Poet who wrote Ivanhoe; Rob Roy; The Lady of the Lake; Waverley; The Heart of Midlothian; The Bride of Lammermoor

Arthur Schopenhauer (1860; born February 22, 1788) German philosopher best known for The World as Will and Representation

Chief Joseph (1904; born March 3, 1840) Native American leader of the last faction of Nez Perce Indians to live outside of a reservation; his spoken words and writings (like Chief Joseph's Own Story) have led him to be seen as a humanitarian and a peacemaker.

Miyazawa Kenji (1933; born August 27, 1896) 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)

Henri Nouwen (1996; born January 24, 1932) Dutch Catholic priest and theologian whose works include The Return of the Prodigal Son; The Wounded Healer; In the Name of Jesus

Bonus Classic:

Sophocles (c. 497/496-406/405 BCE) Greek tragic playwright; Oedipus Rex; Oedipus at Colonus; Antigone

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