Classics Calendar for February 19

Mick Kelly (Sondra Locke) and John Singer (Alan Arkin)--both
Oscar-nominated roles--in the 1968 film version of
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

Here are today's milestones:

Born this on day:

Nicolaus Copernicus (1473; died May 24, 1543) German/Polish astronomer; De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres)

Tobias Dantzig (1884; died August 9, 1956) Latvian-American mathematician; Number: The Language of Science; Aspects of Science; Mathematics in Ancient Greece

Robert Glass Cleland (1885; died September 4, 1957) American historian; The Cattle on a Thousand Hills

André Breton (1896; died September 28, 1966) French writer and poet; Surrealist Manifesto; poems

Carson McCullers (1917; died September 29, 1967) American novelist, short story writer, playwright, essayist, and poet who wrote The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter; The Ballad of the Sad Café; The Member of the Wedding

Murakami Ryu (1952) Japanese novelist, short story writer, essayist, and filmmaker; Almost Transparent Blue; Coin Locker Babies; In the Miso Soup

Died this on day:

André Gide (1951; born November 22, 1869) French author; L'immoraliste (The Immoralist); La porte étroite (Strait Is the Gate); Les caves du Vatican (The Vatican Cellars); La Symphonie Pastorale (The Pastoral Symphony); Les faux-monnayeurs (The Counterfeiters); Nobel Prize in Literature (1947)

Harper Lee (2016; born April 28, 1926) American novelist; To Kill a Mockingbird; Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1961)

Umberto Eco (2016; born January 5, 1932) Italian novelist, critic, and philosopher; The Name of the Rose; Foucault's Pendulum; The Island of the Day Before; The Prague Cemetery

Bonus Classic:

Hong Sheng (1645-1704) Chinese playwright; Changsheng Dian (The Palace of Eternal Life), one of the "Four Great Classical Dramas"

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