Classics Calendar for December 16

Mary (Talulah Riley), Elizabeth (Keira Knightley), Jane
(Rosamund Pike), Mrs Bennet (Brenda Blethyn, hidden), Kitty
(Carey Mulligan) and Lydia (Jena Malone) in the 2005
film adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Jane Austen (1775; died July 18, 1817) English novelist; Sense and Sensibility; Pride and Prejudice; Mansfield Park; Emma; Northanger Abbey; Persuasion

Francis Thompson (1859; died November 13, 1907) English poet; "The Hound of Heaven"

George Santayana (1863; died September 26, 1952) Spanish-American philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist who wrote The Sense of Beauty; The Life of Reason; Scepticism and Animal Faith; The Realms of Being; The Last Puritan

Margaret Mead (1901; died November 15, 1978) American cultural anthropologist; Coming of Age in Samoa; Sex and Temperament in Three Primitive Societies

Noel Coward (1899; died March 26, 1973) English playwright; Hay Fever; Private Lives; Design for Living; Present Laughter; Blithe Spirit; Academy Honorary Award (1943)

Arthur C. Clarke (1917; died March 19, 2008) British author of science fiction; 2001: A Space Odyssey; Profiles of the Future; Rendezvous with Rama; The Fountains of Paradise

Philip K. Dick (1928; died March 2, 1982) American author of science fiction; Ubik; Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?; The Man in the High Castle; A Scanner Darkly; Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said; the VALIS trilogy (VALIS; The Divine Invasion; The Transmigration of Timothy Archer); "Second Variety"

Died on this day:

Wilhelm Grimm (1859; born February 24, 1786) German folklorist; Kinder-und Hausmärchen (Children's and Household Tales, with brother Jacob)

Alphonse Daudet (1897; born May 13, 1840) French novelist, short story writer, playwright, and poet best known for short stories, including those in Letters From My Windmill; the boffo novel Fromont Junior and Risler Senior; and the Tarscon novels, including Tartarin of Tarascon

Camille Saint-Saens (1921; born October 9, 1835) French composer of The Carnival of Animals; Danse Macabre; Samson and Delilah

W. Somerset Maugham (1965; born January 25, 1874) British playwright, novelist and short story writer; Of Human Bondage; The Moon and Sixpence; Cakes and Ale; The Razor's Edge

Bonus Classic:

The Maha Puranas (Great Puranas) (3rd-10th centuries) Indian holy books; 18 texts, attributed to Vyasa (c. 200 BCE)

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