Classics Calendar for December 22

Drawing of a wasp in a retelling of Jean-Henri
Fabre's
memoir, Insect Adventures

Here are today's milestones:



Born on this day:

Jean Racine (1639; died April 21, 1699) French playwright; Ph├Ędre; Andromaque; Athalie



Jean-Henri Fabre (1823; died October 11, 1915) French scientist who wrote works on insects, especially for younger readers



Giacomo Puccini (1858; died November 29, 1924) Italian composer; La Boheme; Manon Lescaut; Tosca; Madama Butterfly; Turandot



Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869; died April 6, 1935) American poet; three Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry: Collected Poems (1922); The Man Who Died Twice (1925); Tristram (1928)



Died on this day:

George Eliot (1880; born November 22, 1819) English novelist; Adam Bede; The Mill on the Floss; Silas Marner; Middlemarch; and Daniel Deronda



Nathanael West (1940; born October 17, 1903) American author who wrote Miss Lonelyhearts; The Day of the Locust



Beatrix Potter (1943; born July 28, 1866) English natural scientist and children's author; The Tale of Peter Rabbit and others



Samuel Beckett (1989; born April 13, 1906) Irish novelist, playwright, and poet; Murphy; Molloy; Malone Dies; The Unnamable; Waiting for Godot; Watt; Endgame; Krapp's Last Tape; How It Is; Nobel Prize in Literature 1969



Bonus Classic:

Hafez of Shiraz (c. 1325-c. 1390) Persian poet known for his ghazals (lyric poems)





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