Classics Calendar for November 2

Danny Kaye as the daydreaming hero of the 1947 film based
on James Thurber's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Ryokan Taigu (1758; died unknown date, 1831) Japanese monk and poet; numerous short poems

William H. Brewer (1828; died September 14, 1910) American botanist known for a travel account, Up and Down California in 1860-64

Died on this day:

Will Levington Comfort (1932; born February 17, 1878) American adventure writer known for adventure for Apache; three of his works were the basis of feature films.

George Bernard Shaw (1950; born July 26, 1856) Irish playwright and critic; Arms and the Man; Candida; The Devil's Disciple; Caesar and Cleopatra; Man and Superman; Major Barbara; Androcles and the Lion; Pygmalion; Heartbreak House; Back to Methuselah; Saint Joan; Nobel Prize in Literature (1925); Academy Award

James Thurber (1961; born December 8, 1894) American cartoonist, author, journalist, and playwright; short stories "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"; "The Catbird Seat"; "The Unicorn in the Garden"; play The Male Animal; autobiography My Life and Hard Times; children's books The White Deer; The 13 Clocks; The Wonderful O

Bonus Classic:

Li Bai (701-762) Chinese poet; around a thousand poems, many celebrating "the Good Life," including "Waking from Drunkenness on a Spring Day," "The Hard Road to Shu," and "Quiet Night Thought"; thirty-four of his poems are included in the 18th-century anthology Three Hundred Tang Poems.

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