Classics Calendar for November 18

Elisabeth Moss as June Osborne/Offred, the handmaid in the TV
version of Margaret Atwood's dystopian The Handmaid's Tale

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

W. S. Gilbert (1836; died May 29, 1911) English dramatist and poet; with Arthur Sullivan, The Mikado; H.M.S. Pinafore; The Pirates of Penzance

Jacques Maritain (1882; died April 28, 1973) French philosopher; The Person and the Common Good; The Degrees of Knowledge; The Range of Reason

Margaret Atwood (1939) Canadian poet, novelist, and essayist; The Handmaid's Tale; Cat's Eye; Alias Grace; The Blind Assassin; Oryx and Crake; Surfacing

Died on this day:

Marcel Proust (1922; born July 10, 1871) French novelist, critic, and essayist; best-known for À la recherche du temps perdu, (In Search of Lost Time or Remembrance of Things Past)

Niels Bohr (1962; born October 7, 1885) Danish physicist known for Atomic Physics and Human Knowledge; Philosophical Writings of Niels Bohr series; Nobel Prize in Physics (1922)

Cab Calloway (1994; born December 25, 1907) American performer; "Minnie the Moocher"; "Saint James Infirmary"; "Kicking the Gong Around"; "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea"; Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2008)

Paul Bowles (1999; born December 30, 1910) American author; The Sheltering Sky; The Delicate Prey and Other Stories

Bonus Classic:

Bharavi (6th century) Indian poet who wrote Kiratarjuniya in which Arjuna battles Lord Shiva in the guise of a kirata or mountain-dwelling hunter; one of the (five/six) Mahakavya

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