Classics Calendar for November 4

Nick Bottom is an ass for love in Shakespeare's A Midsummer
Night's Dream
, for which Felix Mendelssohn wrote incidental
music--including the famous "Wedding March"--in 1842.

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

G. E. Moore (1873; died October 24, 1958) English philosopher; Principia Ethica; "The Refutation of Idealism"; "A Defence of Common Sense"; "A Proof of the External World"

Died on this day:

Felix Mendelssohn (1847; born February 3, 1809) German composer; A Midsummer Night's Dream; The Hebrides; Songs Without Words; violin concerto

Wilfred Owen (1918; born March 18, 1893) English poet; "Dulce et Decorum est"; "Insensibility"; "Anthem for Doomed Youth"; "Futility"; and "Strange Meeting"

Gabriel Faure (1924; born May 12, 1845) French composer; Pavane; Requiem; songs "Après un Rêve," "Clair de Lune"

Michael Crichton (2008; born October 23, 1942) American author who wrote The Andromeda Strain; The Terminal Man; Jurassic Park; Rising Sun; The Lost World

Bonus Classic:

Seneca the Younger (c. 4 BCE-65 CE) Roman Stoic philosopher; Moral Essays; Epistles; Tragedies

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