Classics Calendar for October 27

Theodore Roosevelt with his "Rough
Riders" on San Juan Hill in Cuba, 1898.

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Erasmus (1466; died July 12, 1536) Dutch scholar; The Praise of Folly

James Macpherson (1736; died February 17, 1796) Scottish author; Ossian cycle of poems

Niccolo Paganini (1782; died May 27, 1840) Italian composer; 24 Caprices for Solo Violin

Theodore Roosevelt (1858; died January 6, 1919) American president and writer; The Naval War of 1812; The Rough Riders; The Winning of the West

Dylan Thomas (1914; died November 9, 1953) Welsh poet and writer who wrote "Do not go gentle into that good night"; "And death shall have no dominion"; Under Milk Wood; A Child's Christmas in Wales; Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog

Sylvia Plath (1932; died February 11, 1963) American poet, novelist, and short story writer who wrote The Colossus and Other Poems; Ariel; The Bell Jar

Died on this day:

James M. Cain (1977; born July 1, 1892) American author and journalist; The Postman Always Rings Twice; Mildred Pierce; Double Indemnity

Bonus Classic:

Ise Monogatari (Heian Period, 794-1185) Japanese poems and narratives from the Heian Period, exploring nature, life at court, culture, and love and relationships

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