Classics Calendar for March 13

Scene from Stephen Vincent Benét's
story "The Devil and Daniel Webster"

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Takamura Kotaro (1883; died April 2, 1956) Japanese poet; Chiekosho (Selections of Chieko also called Chieko's Sky)

Mircea Eliade (1907; died April 22, 1986) Romanian historian of religion, philosopher, and fiction writer; Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy; Cosmos and History: The Myth of the Eternal Return; The Sacred and the Profane: The Nature of Religion; From Primitives to Zen

Shimada Masahiko (1961) Japanese novelist; Music for the Kingdom of Somnambulism; The Dream Messenger

Died on this day:

Stephen Vincent Benét (1943; born July 22, 1898) American poet, short story writer, and novelist; long poem John Brown's Body; short stories, "The Devil and Daniel Webster" and "By the Waters of Babylon"; two Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry (1929, 1944)

Bonus Classic:

Qu You (1341-1433) Chinese novelist; Jiandeng Lu (The Record of Jiandeng); Jiandeng xinhua (New Anecdotes Under the Lamplight, literally "Cutting the wick new stories)

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