Classics Calendar for February 1

Aaron Douglas's Aspiration is another product of
the "Harlem Renaissance" that nurtured Langston Hughes.

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Ikkyu (1394; died December 12, 1481) Japanese Zen monk and poet; Crazy Cloud Anthology

John Ford (1894; died August 31, 1973) American director of Western films (especially those featuring John Wayne) such as Stagecoach, The Searchers, and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and classics such as The Grapes of Wrath; winner of a record four Best Director Oscars

Langston Hughes (1902; died May 22, 1967) American poet, novelist, and playwright; poetry The Weary Blues; Montage of a Dream Deferred; short story collection The Ways of White Folks; poems "The Negro Speaks of Rivers"; "Harlem"; "Dreams"

Muriel Spark (1918; died April 13, 2006) Scottish novelist, short story writer, poet, and essayist; The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie; The Mandelbaum Gate; The Driver's Seat; Memento Mori

Died this on day:

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1851; born August 30, 1797) English writer best known for the novel Frankenstein; other genres including short stories

Johan Huizinga (1945; born December 7, 1872) Dutch historian; The Autumn of the Middle Ages (a.k.a. The Waning of the Middle Ages); Erasmus; Homo Ludens

Werner Heisenberg (1976; born December 5, 1901) German physicist; The Physical Principles of the Quantum Theory; Nobel Prize in Physics (1932)

Bonus Classic:

Sengcan (529-606) Chinese Chan (Zen) monk and patriarch; wrote Xinxin Ming (Faith in Mind)

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