Classics Calendar for February 28

Grettir is ready to fight in this illustration
from a 17th-century manuscript
of the Grettis saga, an Icelandic saga.

Here are today's milestones:

Born this on day:

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533; died September 13, 1592) French essayist known for Meditations; Essays; In Defense of Raymond Sebond

Ernest Renan (1823; died October 2, 1892) French philosopher and historian who wrote a ground-breaking Life of Jesus and other rationalist works on early Christianity

Ketti Frings (1909; died February 11, 1981) American author and playwright; Walking Happy; Look Homeward, Angel; Pulitzer Prize for Drama (1958)

Died this on day:

Henry James (1916; born April 15, 1843) American-born British writer; The American; The Turn of the Screw; The Portrait of a Lady; What Maisie Knew; The Wings of the Dove; Daisy Miller; The Ambassadors; Washington Square

Bonus Classic:

Icelandic sagas (the "Saga Age," 870-1056), over 40 sagas from Iceland's "Saga Age" (870-1056) including Eiríks saga rauða (Saga of Erik the Red)

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