Classics Calendar for May 16

Illustration by an unknown artist for Charles
Perrault's "Little Red Riding Hood" (detail)

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Louis "Studs" Terkel (1912; died October 31, 2008) American author and historian best known for oral histories of "everyday Americans"; Hard Times; Working; The Good War; Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction (1985)

Adrienne Rich (1929; died March 27, 2012) American poet; Diving Into the Wreck

Died on this day:

Heloise (1164; born Unknown Date, 1101) French writer and abbess; Letters of Abelard and Heloise

Liu Bowen (1375; born July 1, 1311) Chinese poet and military strategist who wrote Huo long jing (The Fire Dragon Manual) with Jiao Yu; his Shaobing Song (Pancake Poem) may be spurious

Charles Perrault (1703; born January 12, 1628) French writer of fairy tales; "The Sleeping Beauty," "Little Red Riding Hood," "Cinderella," "Puss in Boots"

Joseph Fourier (1830; born March 21, 1768) French mathematician and physicist; Théorie analytique de la chaleur (The Analytic Theory of Heat)

James Agee (1955; born November 27, 1909) American author, poet, and critic; A Death in the Family; Let Us Now Praise Famous Men; Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1958)

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