Classics Calendar for October 2

Father Quixote (Alec Guinness) and Sancho Zancas
(Leo McKern) in a TV adaptation of
Graham Greene's Monsignor Quixote

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Enchi Fumiko (1905; died November 12, 1986) Japanese playwright and novelist who wrote Onna Zaka (The Waiting Years); Onna Men (Masks)

Graham Greene (1904; died April 3, 1991) English novelist and author who wrote Brighton Rock; The Power and the Glory; The Heart of the Matter; The End of the Affair; The Confidential Agent; The Third Man; The Quiet American; Our Man in Havana; The Human Factor; Monsignor Quixote

Mahatma Gandhi (1869; died January 30, 1948) Indian activist and philosopher who wrote Autobiography, or the Story of My Experiments with Truth

Wallace Stevens (1879; died August 2, 1955) American poet who wrote "Anecdote of the Jar"; "Disillusionment of Ten O'Clock"; "The Emperor of Ice-Cream"; "The Idea of Order at Key West"; "Sunday Morning"; "The Snow Man"; and "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird"; Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (1955)

Died on this day:

William Ellery Channing (1842; born April 7, 1780) Unitarian preacher and theologian who wrote on Slavery and lectured on "On the Elevation of the Laboring Classes"

Ernest Renan (1892; born February 28, 1823) French philosopher and historian who wrote a ground-breaking Life of Jesus and other rationalist works on early Christianity

August Wilson (2005; born April 27, 1945) American playwright who wrote The Pittsburgh Cycle, a series of ten plays which won two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama (1987, 1990)

Bonus Classic:

Boethius (c. 480-524) Roman philosopher; The Consolation of Philosophy, which addresses the questions, "How can evil exist in a world governed by God?" "How can happiness be attained even in trials?" "What is happiness?"

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