Classics Calendar for March 4

From a 2009 Russian postage stamp honoring
Nikolai Gogol's The Inspector General

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Antonio Vivaldi (1678; died July 28, 1741) Italian composer; Le Quattro Stagioni (The Four Seasons)

Arishima Takeo (1878; died June 9, 1923) Japanese novelist, short-story writer and essayist; Aru Onna (A Certain Woman); Labyrinth; Bears in Mt. Nametoko; Yoko

Died on this day:

Nikolai Gogol (1852; born March 31, 1809) Russian writer; novels Dead Souls; Taras Bulba; short stories "The Overcoat"; "Diary of a Madman"

William Carlos Williams (1963; born September 17, 1883) American poet known for "The Red Wheelbarrow"; "This Is Just To Say"; Spring and All; Paterson

Bonus Classic:

Lucretius (c. 99-c. 55 BCE) Roman poet and philosopher who wrote De rerum natura (On the Nature of Things)

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