Classics Calendar for January 31

Tom Mix starred in the 1925 silent film version of Zane
classic Western novel Riders of the Purple Sage.

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Franz Schubert (1797; died November 19, 1828) Austrian composer; chamber music, (Trout Quintet), lieder, (songs), symphonies, (Unfinished).

Zane Grey (1872; died October 23, 1939) American adventure writer best known for Riders of the Purple Sage

John O'Hara (1905; died April 11, 1970) American novelist, short story writer, playwright, and essayist; Appointment in Samarra; Butterfield 8; Pal Joey; Ten North Frederick

Thomas Merton (1915; died December 10, 1968) American Catholic writer and mystic; The Seven Storey Mountain

Norman Mailer (1923; died November 10, 2007) American novelist, essayist, playwright, and journalist; The Naked and the Dead; The Executioner's Song; The Armies of the Night; Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction, (1969); Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, (1980)

Oe Kenzaburo (1935) Japanese novelist, short story writer, and essayist; A Personal Matter; The Silent Cry; Nobel Prize in Literature (1994)

Died on this day:

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1892; born June 19, 1834) British baptist preacher; The Wordless Book

Jean Giraudoux (1944; born October 29, 1882) French novelist, essayist, and playwright; plays The Madwoman of Chaillot; Ondine; Duel of Angels; The Trojan War Will Not Take Place

John Galsworthy (1933; born August 14, 1867) English novelist and playwright; The Forsyte Saga; A Modern Comedy; End of the Chapter; Nobel Prize in Literature (1932)

A. A. Milne (1956; born January 18, 1882) English novelist, essayist, poet, playwright, and short-story writer, and, most notably, author of children's literature: the Winnie-the-Pooh books

Bonus Classic:

Tertullian (160-c. 220) Roman theologian, apologist, and Church Father born in Carthage; Apologeticum; Adversus Valentinianos (Against the Valentinians); De Carne Christi (On the Flesh of Christ)

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