Classics Calendar for August 28

Faust, title character of Goethe's magnum opus

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749; died March 22, 1832) German poet, playwright, novelist, science writer, and more, remembered especially for Faust; The Sorrows of Young Werther; Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship

Robertson Davies (1913; died December 2, 1995) Canadian "man of letters" who wrote three novel "trilogies" and most of a fourth

Rita Dove (1952) American poet; Poet Laureate of the United States (1993-1995); Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (1987)

Died on this day:

Augustine (430; born November 13, 354) Roman Christian theologian and Church Father; Confessions of St. Augustine; City of God

Leigh Hunt (1859; born October 19, 1784) English critic, essayist, and poet whose popular poems include "Jenny kiss'd Me," "Abou Ben Adhem and the Angel," and "A Night-Rain in Summer"

John Huston (1987; born August 5, 1906) American writer and director of 37 films, including The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (for which Huston received two Oscars), Key Largo, and The African Queen

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