Classics Calendar for November 20

"Trapper John" McIntyre (Elliott Gould) and "Hawkeye" Pierce
(Donald Sutherland) as "the pros from Dover" in Robert Altman's
1970 film version of Richard Hooker's novel MASH

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Nadine Gordimer (1923; died July 13, 2014) South African writer; The Conservationist; Burger's Daughter; July's People; Nobel Prize in Literature, (1991)

Don DeLillo (1936) American novelist, playwright and essayist; White Noise; Libra; Mao II; Underworld; Cosmopolis

Died on this day:

Leo Tolstoy (1910; born September 9, 1828) Russian writer known for War and Peace; Anna Karenina; A Confession; The Death of Ivan Ilyich

Robert Altman (2006; born February 20, 1925) American filmmaker; MASH; Nashville; The Player; Short Cuts; Gosford Park

Bonus Classic:

Wang Wei (699-761) Chinese poet; collaborated with another poet on the Wangchuan ji (Wang River Collection) and other poems; twenty-nine of his poems are included in the 18th-century anthology Three Hundred Tang Poems.

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