Classics Calendar for March 25

The modern Bridge over the River Kwai, whose
namesake was the centerpiece of David Lean's film

Here are today's milestones:



Born on this day:

Catherine of Siena (1347; died April 29, 1380) Italian philosopher, theologian, and saint; The Dialogue of Divine Providence; letters



Shimazaki Toson (1872; died August 22, 1943) Japanese novelist; The Broken Commandment; The Family; Before the Dawn



David Lean (1908; died April 16, 1991) English filmmaker; The Bridge on the River Kwai; Lawrence of Arabia; Doctor Zhivago; A Passage to India; two Academy Awards



Flannery O'Connor (1925; died August 3, 1964) American novelist and short story writer; Wise Blood; The Violent Bear It Away; A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories



Died on this day:

Frédéric Mistral (1914; born September 8, 1830) French writer and lexicographer of the Occitan language. Epic Prvencal poem Mirèio (Mireille). Nobel Prize in Literature (1904).



Claude Debussy (1918; born August 22, 1862) French composer; Pelleas et Melisande; La Mer; Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun



Edward Steichen (1973; born March 27, 1879) Luxembourgish-American photographer; credited with transforming photography into an art form; curator of The Family of Man



Novalis (1801; born May 2, 1772) German poet, author, and philosopher; Hymnen an die Nacht (Hymns to the Night); Die Lehrlinge zu Sais (The Novices of Sais)



Bonus Classic:

Kamo no Chomei (c. 1154-1216) Japanese poet and essayist; Hojoki (Record of the Ten-Foot Square Hut)



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