Classics Calendar for November 29

Painting of Aslan used on the poster for the
2005 film of The Lion, the Witch and
the Wardrobe, the first book in the series
The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis.

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Gaetano Donizetti (1797; died April 8, 1848) Italian composer; Lucia di Lammermoor

Louisa May Alcott (1832; died March 6, 1888) American novelist and poet; Little Women; Little Men; Jo's Boys

C. S. Lewis (1898; died November 22, 1963) British novelist, poet, essayist, and lay theologian; Allegory of Love; The Chronicles of Narnia; The Space Trilogy; Mere Christianity; The Screwtape Letters; The Problem of Pain

Frank Kermode (1919; died August 17, 2010) British literary critic who wrote The Sense of an Ending

Madeleine L'Engle (1918; died September 6, 2007) American author of children's literature (among others), known for A Wrinkle in Time and other books in the "Kairos" and "Chronos" series.

Joel Coen (1954) American filmmaker; with brother Ethan, made Raising Arizona; Barton Fink; Fargo; The Big Lebowski; O Brother, Where Art Thou?; No Country for Old Men

Died on this day:

Horace Greeley (1872; born February 3, 1811) American newspaperman; The American Conflict; Glances at Europe; numerous short pieces

Giacomo Puccini (1924; born December 22, 1858) Italian composer; La Boheme; Manon Lescaut; Tosca; Madama Butterfly; Turandot

Dorothy Day (1980; born November 8, 1897) American journalist and activist; autobiography The Long Loneliness

Mark Strand (2014; born April 11, 1934) Canadian-born American poet and essayist; Blizzard of One; Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, (1999); Poet Laureate of the United States, (1990)

Bonus Classic:

Nagarjuna (c. 150-c. 250) Indian Buddhist philosopher; Mulamadhyamakarika (Fundamental Verses on the Middle Way)

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