Classics Calendar for February 21

Tector Gorch (Ben Johnson) , Lyle Gorch (Warren Oates),
Pike Bishop (William Holden), and Dutch Engstrom (Ernest
Borgnine) in Sam Peckinpah's 1969 film The Wild Bunch

Here are today's milestones:

Born this on day:

John Henry Newman (1801; died August 11, 1890 ) Catholic cardinal and theologian converted from Anglicanism and became an apologist for the Catholic cause; wrote numerous Tracts for the Times; the Apologia Pro Vita Sua (Defense of One's Life, an autobiography); the Grammar of Assent; and the poem The Dream of Gerontius

Anaïs Nin (1903; died January 14, 1977) French-born Cuban essayist and memoirist who lived most of her life and wrote in the US. Known for novels, critical studies, essays, short stories, and erotica, including Delta of Venus, Little Birds, and her diaries.

W.H. Auden (1907; died September 29, 1973) English-American poet who wrote The Age of Anxiety; "Funeral Blues"; "September 1, 1939"; "The Shield of Achilles"; "For the Time Being"; "Horae Canonicae"; Pulitzer Prize in Poetry (1947)

John Rawls (1921; died November 24, 2002) American philosopher; A Theory of Justice

Sam Peckinpah (1925; died December 28, 1984) American filmmaker; The Wild Bunch; Straw Dogs; The Getaway; Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid; Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

David Foster Wallace (1962; died September 12, 2008) American writer known for novels The Broom of the System; Infinite Jest; The Pale King (unfinished); short story collectionBrief Interviews with Hideous Men; essay collection A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again

Died this on day:

Robert Southwell (1595; born Unknown Date, 1561) English Jesuit priest and poet; Mary Magdalen's Funeral Tears; A Short Rule of Good Life; Triumphs over Death; Epistle of Comfort; poems

Baruch Spinoza (1677; born November 24, 1632) Dutch-born Portuguese Jewish philosopher whose writings laid the groundwork for the Enlightenment and modern biblical criticism. His magnum opus was the Ethics.

Bonus Classic:

Ji Junxiang (13th-century) Chinese playwright; Zhaoshi gu'er (The Orphan of Zhao)

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