Classics Calendar for June 26

Paul Muni and Luise Rainer in the 1937 film The Good Earth,
based on Pearl S. Buck's novel about the struggle of Chinese
farmers to survive. Not one Asian played a lead in the film.

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Sidney Howard (1891; died August 23, 1939) American playwright; They Knew What They Wanted which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1925; Academy Award (Gone with the Wind, 1940)

Pearl S. Buck (1892; died March 6, 1973) American writer and novelist who grew up in China; The House of Earth series: The Good Earth; Sons; A House Divided; China Sky; Peony; The Big Wave; Pulitzer Prize (1932); Nobel Prize in Literature (1938)

Died on this day:

Gilbert White (1793; born July 18, 1720) English naturalist and cleric; A Natural History and Antiquity of Selbourne

Ford Madox Ford (1939; born December 17, 1873) English novelist, poet, critic and editor known for his novels The Good Soldier; Parade's End (tetralogy); The Fifth Queen (trilogy)

Malcolm Lowry (1957; born July 28, 1909) English poet and novelist; Ultramarine; Under the Volcano; Hear Us O Lord from Heaven Thy Dwelling Place; Lunar Caustic; Dark as the Grave wherein my Friend is Laid; October Ferry to Gabriola

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