Classics Calendar for March 16

Rama and Sita in one of the many versions
of the Ramayana (this one Burmese) as
suggested by A. K. Ramanujan's
essay "Three Hundred Ramayanas"

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Sully Prudhomme (1839; died September 6, 1907) French poet and essayist. "The Broken vase" is representative; he was the first winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature (1901).

A. K. Ramanujan (1929; died July 13, 1993) Indian poet and critic who wrote the controversial essay "Three Hundred Ramayanas: Five Examples and Three Thoughts on Translation"; remembered for Collected Poems

Died on this day:

Aubrey Beardsley (1898; born August 21, 1872) English illustrator and essayist; illustrations for Salome; Lysistrata; Morte d'Arthur; Volpone; essays in Under the Hill

Bonus Classic:

The Secret History of the Mongols (after 1227) a Mongolian account of the life of Genghis Khan

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