Classics Calendar for April 17

Scene from the 1987 Danish film version
of Isak Dinesen's story "Babette's Feast"

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Isak Dinesen (1885; died September 7, 1962) Danish author known for Out of Africa; Seven Gothic Tales; "Babette's Feast"

Thornton Wilder (1897; died December 7, 1975) American playwright and novelist; three Pulitzer Prizes: The Bridge of San Luis Rey (for Fiction, 1928); Our Town (for Drama, 1938); The Skin of Our Teeth (for Drama, 1942)

Died on this day:

Juana Inés de la Cruz (1695; born November 12, 1651) Mexican nun under colonial Spain who wrote poetry and dramas

Benjamin Franklin (1790; born January 17, 1706) American polymath; Autobiography; Poor Richard's Almanack

Gabriel Garcia Marquez (2014; born March 6, 1927) Colombian novelist, short-story writer, and journalist; One Hundred Years of Solitude; The Autumn of the Patriarch; Love in the Time of Cholera; Chronicle of a Death Foretold; Nobel Prize in Literature (1982)

Bonus Classic:

Thomas Middleton (1580-1627) English playwright; another prolific Jacobean

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