Classics Calendar for March 1

Sandro Botticelli's Birth of Venus

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Martial (40; died between 102 and 104) Roman poet who wrote Epigrams

Botticelli (1445; died May 17, 1510) Italian painter; Birth of Venus; Adoration of the Magi; Guiliano de'Medici

Frederic Chopin (1810; died October 17, 1849) Polish composer; mazurkas, waltzes, etudes, polonaises, sonatas; and perhaps especially, his nocturnes for piano

Charles Fletcher Lummis (1829; died November 24, 1928) American journalist, historian, ethnographer, archaeologist, poet, librarian, and museum founder; Land of Sunshine (magazine, later called Out West); Some Strange Corners of Our Country; The Spanish Pioneers and the California Missions; Flowers Of Our Lost Romance; A Tramp Across the Continent; The Land of Poco Tiempo

William Dean Howells (1837; died May 11, 1920) American novelist, short story writer, playwright, and critic; short story "Christmas Every Day"; novels The Rise of Silas Lapham and A Traveler from Altruria

Akutagawa Ryunosuke (1892; died July 24, 1927) Japanese short story writer; "Rashōmon"; "In a Grove"; "The Nose"; "Hell Screen"; "The Spider's Thread"; "Dragon: the Old Potter's Tale"; "Autumn Mountain"

Ralph Ellison (1914; died April 16, 1994) American novelist and essayist; Invisible Man

Robert Lowell (1917; died September 12, 1977) American poet known for Lord Weary's Castle; Life Studies; For the Union Dead

Richard Wilbur (1921; died October 14, 2017) American poet; Things of This World; Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (1957, 1989); Poet Laureate of the USA (1996)

Robert Hass (1941) American poet; Time and Materials: Poems 1997-2005; Poet Laureate of the United States (1995-1997); Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (2008)

Died on this day:

Thomas Campion (1620; born February 12, 1567) English poet and composer; numerous "ayres" (art songs)

George Herbert (1633; born April 3, 1593) Welsh poet and Anglican priest; The Temple: Sacred Poems and Private Ejaculations; A Priest to the Temple (also called The Country Parson)

Arthur Koestler (1983; born September 5, 1905) Hungarian-British author best known for his novel Darkness at Noon

Bonus Classic:

Li Ruzhen (c. 1763-1830) Chinese novelist; Jing Hua Yuan (Flowers in the Mirror)

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