Classics Calendar for April 25

Rinaldo and Armida, characters from Tasso's
Jerusalem Delivered; painting by Fran├žois Boucher

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Walter de la Mare (1873; died June 22, 1956) English poet, short story writer and novelist; novel Memoirs of a Midget; Collected Stories for Children; Eight Tales (some of them ghost stories); poem "The Listeners"

Ella Fitzgerald (1917; died June 15, 1996) American performer; "A-Tisket, A-Tasket"; (If You Can't Sing It) You'll Have to Swing It (Mr. Paganini)"; "How High the Moon"; "Cheek to Cheek"; "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)"; "Oh, Lady Be Good!"

Ted Kooser (1939) American poet; Delights and Shadows; Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (2005); Poet Laureate of the USA (2004-2006)

Died on this day:

Torquato Tasso (1595; born March 11, 1544) Italian poet; La Gerusalemme Liberata (Jerusalem Delivered)

William Cowper (1800; born November 26, 1731) English poet; The Task; "John Gilpin"; hymns

Anna Sewell (1878; born March 30, 1820) English author of children's literature; Black Beauty

Clifford D. Simak (1988; born August 3, 1904) American author of science fiction; City; Way Station

Bonus Classic:

The Laws of Manu (2nd century BCE to 3rd century CE) story of the Indian creation, and moral writings

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