Classics Calendar for January 4

He of whom the women talked as they came
and went in the room in T.S. Eliot's
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Jacob Grimm (1785; died September 20, 1863) German folklorist known for Kinder-und Hausmärchen (Children's and Household Tales, with brother Wilhelm); Deutsche Mythologie (Teutonic Mythology)

Gao Xingjian (1940) Chinese novelist, playwright, and critic; Buying a Fishing Rod for My Grandfather (short story collection); Soul Mountain; One Man's Bible; Nobel Prize in Literature (2000)

Died on this day:

William Roper (1578; born unknown date, 1496) English biographer; The Life of Sir Thomas More

Henri Bergson (1941; born October 18, 1859) French philosopher; Time and Free Will; Laughter; Dreams Nobel Prize in Literature (1927)

Erwin Schrodinger (1961; born August 12, 1887) Austrian physicist and philosopher of science; Science and the Human Temperament; Science and Humanism; My View of the World; What Is Life?; Nobel Prize in Physics (1933)

Albert Camus (1960; born November 7, 1913) French philosopher, author, and journalist; The Stranger; The Plague; The Myth of Sisyphus; Nobel Prize in Literature, (1957)

T.S. Eliot (1965; born September 26, 1888) American-British poet, essayist, publisher, playwright, and critic best known for poems such as The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock; The Waste Land; and Four Quartets

Christopher Isherwood (1986; born August 26, 1904 ) British/American novelist who also cooperated with Swami Prabhavananda on Indian religious texts

Bonus Classic

Somadeva (11th century) Indian writer; Baital Pachisi (Twenty-two Goblins; also called Vikram and The Vampire; The King and the Corpse), also called Vetala-panchavimshati, with 25 stories (Somadeva is the traditional author, but the work is anonymous); also, the Kathasaritsagara (Ocean of Rivers of Stories)

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