Classics Calendar for December 21

From the cover of what may be
the first edition of Tom's Midnight
by Philippa Pearce

Here are today's milestones:

Died on this day:

Giovanni Boccaccio (1375; born June 16, 1313) Italian writer; Decameron (The Decameron); De mulieribus claris (On Famous Women)

F. Scott Fitzgerald (1940; born September 24, 1896) American novelist and short story writer best known for The Great Gatsby; also wrote Tender Is the Night; The Diamond as Big as the Ritz; "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"; "Babylon Revisited"

Franz Boas (1942; born July 9, 1858) German-American anthropologist; The Mind of Primitive Man; Folk-tales of Salishan and Sahaptin Tribes

Marc Connelly (1980; born December 13, 1890) American playwright; The Green Pastures; Tall Story; Pulitzer Prize for Drama (1930)

Philippa Pearce (2006; born January 22, 1920) English author of children's books; Tom's Midnight Garden; The Squirrel Wife; The Battle of Bubble and Squeak

Bonus Classic:

Jataka Tales (c. 4th century BCE) ancient Indian moral stories of the Buddha's previous lives

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