Classics Calendar for February 25

The Ludovico technique apparatus as seen in
Stanley Kubrick's 1971 film version of
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Here are today's milestones:

Born this on day:

Auguste Renoir (1841; died December 3, 1919) French painter; The Luncheon of the Boating Party; Dance in the Country

Anthony Burgess (1917; died November 22, 1993) English writer and composer; A Clockwork Orange; the Enderby quartet; Earthly Powers

Died this on day:

Pu Songling (1715; born June 5, 1640) Chinese writer; Liaozhai Zhiyi (Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio)

Josiah Gregg (1850; born July 19, 1806) American merchant, naturalist, and author; Commerce of the Prairies

Walter Nordhoff (1937; born May 27, 1858) American businessman and author; wrote The Journey of the Flame under a pen name

Tennessee Williams (1983; born March 26, 1911) American playwright; A Streetcar Named Desire; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; The Glass Menagerie; Sweet Bird of Youth; The Night of the Iguana

Philip José Farmer (2009; born January 26, 1918) American author of science fiction; the World of Tiers and Riverworld series

Bonus Classic:

The Heart Sutra (c. 350) Indian Buddhist text; like the Diamond, one of the shortest, densest of sutras. It is said to contain the "heart" of all Buddhist wisdom literature, which is that all existence is empty.

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