Classics Calendar for January 14

Rex Harrison as Hugh Lofting's Doctor
in a 1967 film adaptation

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Albert Schweitzer (1875; died September 4, 1965) French-German theologian and physician known for missionary work; winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

Hugh Lofting (1886; died September 26, 1947) British author who wrote The Story of Doctor Dolittle and its sequels; The Story of Mrs Tubbs and Tommy, Tilly, and Mrs. Tubbs; Porridge Poetry; Noisy Nora; The Twilight of Magic; and Victory for the Slain (for adults)

John Dos Passos (1896; died September 28, 1970) American novelist who wrote Manhattan Transfer; and the "U.S.A. trilogy": The 42nd Parallel; 1919; and The Big Money

Mishima Yukio (1925; died Died: November 25, 1970) Japanese novelist, playwright, poet, short story writer, and essayist; Confessions of a Mask; The Temple of the Golden Pavilion; The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea; The Sea of Fertility tetralogy (Spring Snow; Runaway Horses; The Temple of Dawn; The Decay of the Angel); Hagakure Nyumon

Died on this day:

George Berkeley (1753; born March 12, 1685) Anglo-Irish philosopher and Bishop (of Cloyne, Ireland); A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge

Lewis Carroll (1898; born January 27, 1832) English writer and mathematician; Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; Through the Looking-Glass; The Hunting of the Snark; "Jabberwocky"

Anaïs Nin (1977; born February 21, 1903) French-born Cuban essayist and memoirist who lived most of her life and wrote in the US. Known for novels, critical studies, essays, short stories, and erotica, including Delta of Venus, Little Birds, and her diaries.

Bonus Classic:

Margery Kempe (c. 1373-after 1438) English Christian mystic; The Book of Margery Kempe

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