Classics Calendar for December 3

Auguste Renoir's The Luncheon of the Boating Party

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Joseph Conrad (1857; died August 3, 1924) Polish-British novelist; The Nigger of the "Narcissus"; Heart of Darkness; Lord Jim; Typhoon; Nostromo; The Secret Agent; Under Western Eyes

Nagai Kafu (1879; died April 30, 1959) Japanese novelist, short-story writer, playwright, essayist, and diarist; Ude Kurabe (Geisha in Rivalry); Amerika Monogatari (American Stories); Sumidagawa (Sumida River); Bokuto Kidan (A Strange Tale from East of the River); films The Strange Story of Oyuki; Bungō: Sasayaka na yokubō; Yume no onna (Yearning)

Taneda Santoka (1882; died October 11, 1940) Japanese poet; Somokuto (Grass and Tree Cairn); For All My Walking

Died on this day:

Robert Louis Stevenson (1894; born November 13, 1850) Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer; Treasure Island; A Child's Garden of Verses; Kidnapped; Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Auguste Renoir (1919; born February 25, 1841) French painter; The Luncheon of the Boating Party; Dance in the Country

Lewis Thomas (1993; born November 25, 1913) American physician and essayist; The Lives of a Cell; The Medusa and the Snail; Late Night Thoughts on Listening to Mahler's Ninth Symphony

Gwendolyn Brooks (2000; born June 7, 1917) American poet; A Street in Bronzeville; Annie Allen; Winnie; Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (1950)

Bonus Classic:

Popol Vuh (between 1554 and 1558) Mayan mythological text

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