Classics Calendar for December 17

Screenshot of Peter Haddon as Lord Peter Wimsey
in The Silent Passenger, the first time Dorothy L.
detective made it to the silver screen

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770, baptized; died March 26, 1827) German composer; Concertos (Emperor); sonatas (Moonlight, Pathetique); 9 symphonies; Fidelio; "Fur Elise"

John Greenleaf Whittier (1807; died September 7, 1892) American poet, known for Barbara Frietchie and Snow-Bound; anti-slavery writings

Ford Madox Ford (1873; died June 26, 1939) English novelist, poet, critic and editor known for his novels The Good Soldier; Parade's End (tetralogy); The Fifth Queen (trilogy)

Erskine Caldwell (1903; died April 11, 1987) American novelist; Tobacco Road; God's Little Acre

Died on this day:

Rumi (1273; born September 30, 1207) Persian poet and mystic who wrote Masnavi (Rhyming Couplets of Profound Spiritual Meaning); Diwan-e Kabir (also called Diwan-e Shams-e Tabrizi, or The Works of Shams Tabrizi) ; Fihi Ma Fihi (It Is What It Is)

Dorothy L. Sayers (1957; born June 13, 1893) English crime writer; poet; playwright; essayist; created the character Lord Peter Wimsey

Marguerite Yourcenar (1987; born June 8, 1903) French novelist and essayist who wrote Coup de Grace; Memoirs of Hadrian

Bonus Classic:

Li Qianfu (14th century) Chinese playwright who wrote Hui Lan Ji (Circle of Chalk)

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