Classics Calendar for March 18

Ferdinand Keller's Scheherazade and Sultan Schariar
illustrates the main characters of the story that inspired
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Madame de La Fayette (1634; died May 25, 1693) French writer; La Princesse de Clèves

John C. Calhoun (1782; died March 31, 1850) American statesman and political theorist; seventh Vice President of the United States. "The Concurrent Majority" lays out his most important idea; a 1837 speech in the U.S. Senate, "Slavery a Positive Good"

Stéphane Mallarmé (1842; died September 9, 1898) French poet known for "L'après-midi d'un faune" ("The Afternoon of a Faun"); "Un Coup de Dés Jamais N'Abolira Le Hasard" ("A Throw of the Dice will Never Abolish Chance"); Poésies

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844; died June 21, 1908) Russian composer; Capriccio Espagnol; Scheherazade; "Flight of the Bumblebee"

Wilfred Owen (1893; died November 4, 1918) English poet; "Dulce et Decorum est"; "Insensibility"; "Anthem for Doomed Youth"; "Futility"; and "Strange Meeting"

Edward Conze (1904; died September 24, 1979) Anglo-German Buddhist scholar known for Buddhism: Its Essence and Development; Buddhism: A Short History; The Memoirs of a Modern Gnostic; numerous translations of the Prajñaparamita Literature

John Updike (1932; died January 27, 2009) American novelist, poet, short story writer, and critic; the Rabbit Angstrom novels (Rabbit, Run; Rabbit Redux; Rabbit Is Rich; Rabbit at Rest; Rabbit Remembered); the Henry Bech stories; The Witches of Eastwick; Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1982, 1991)

Died on this day:

Laurence Sterne (1768; born November 24, 1713) Irish novelist and Anglican cleric; The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman; and A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy

Bernard Malamud (1986; born April 26, 1914) American novelist and short story writer; The Natural; The Fixer; Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1967)

Bonus Classic:

Song Lian (1310-1381) Chinese historian; Yuan Shi (History of Yuan)

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