Classics Calendar for January 22

Relative newcomer Arnold Schwarzenegger
made his mark in his 1982 film portrayal of
Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian

Here are today's milestones:



Born on this day:

Francis Bacon (1561; died April 9, 1626) English scientist and philosopher; New Atlantis; Essays, or Counsels, Civil and Moral; Novum Organum (New Scientific Method)



John Donne (1572; died March 31, 1631) English poet and cleric; erotic poems and religious meditations



Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729; died February 15, 1781) German writer, philosopher, dramatist, and art critic who wrote Laoco├Ân and Nathan the Wise



George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788; died April 19, 1824) English poet; Don Juan; Childe Harold's Pilgrimage; "She Walks in Beauty"



August Strindberg (1849; died May 14, 1912) Swedish playwright, novelist, poet, essayist, and painter; The Red Room; The Father; Miss Julie; Inferno; To Damascus; A Dream Play; The Ghost Sonata; The Creditors



D. W. Griffith (1875; died July 23, 1948) American filmmaker; The Birth of a Nation; Intolerance



Robert E. Howard (1906; died June 11, 1936) American author of fantasy; Conan the Barbarian (series); Solomon Kane (series); The Hour of the Dragon; "Worms of the Earth"; "Pigeons from Hell"



Philippa Pearce (1920; died December 21, 2006) English author of children's books; Tom's Midnight Garden; The Squirrel Wife; The Battle of Bubble and Squeak



Died on this day:

Abe Kobo (1993; born March 7, 1924) Japanese writer; Suna no Onna (The Woman in the Dunes)



Ursula K. LeGuin (2018; born October 21, 1929) American author of novels, children's books, and short stories, mainly fantasy and science fiction who wrote the Earthsea series; The Hainish Cycle; The Lathe of Heaven



Bonus Classic:

Han Shan (c. 712-after 793, but very uncertain)) semi-legendary Chinese monk/poet whose friendship with another Chinese monk/poet, Shide, is also the stuff of legend; wrote biographical, religious, and transcendental poems



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