Classics Calendar for September 7

Marlon Brando as Stanley Kowalski in
Elia Kazan's 1951 film version of the Tennessee
Williams play A Streetcar Named Desire.

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Elia Kazan (1909; died September 28, 2003) Greek-American filmmaker and writer known for A Streetcar Named Desire; On the Waterfront; and East of Eden

Died on this day:

John Greenleaf Whittier (1892; born December 17, 1807) American poet, known for Barbara Frietchie and Snow-Bound; anti-slavery writings

Isak Dinesen (1962; born April 17, 1885) Danish author known for Out of Africa; Seven Gothic Tales; Babette's Feast

Bonus Classic:

The Egyptian Book of the Dead (c. 1550 BCE) ancient Egyptian funerary text containing magic spells to assist the dead on their journey through the underworld and into the afterlife

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