Classics Calendar for September 15

The Classic Comics cover of James Fenimore
The Last of the Mohicans

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Fran├žois de La Rochefoucauld (1613; died March 17, 1680) French essayist known for Memoirs; Maximes

Agatha Christie (1890; died January 12, 1976) English crime novelist, short story writer, and playwright known for Characters Hercule Poirot and Miss (Jane) Marple; novels Murder on the Orient Express; Death on the Nile; The ABC Murders; And Then There Were None; short story collection Partners in Crime; play The Mousetrap

Jean Renoir (1894; died February 12, 1979) French filmmaker known for La Grande Illusion; The Rules of the Game

Oliver Stone (1946 - ) American filmmaker known for Scarface; Platoon; Born on the Fourth of July; Salvador; Wall Street; The Doors; JFK; Nixon

Died on this day:

Thomas Wolfe (1938; born October 3, 1900) American novelist known for Look Homeward, Angel; Of Time and the River; You Can't Go Home Again; The Web and the Rock

Robert Penn Warren (1989; born April 24, 1905) American novelist and poet known for All the King's Men (Pulitzer Prize for the Novel, 1946; also, Best Picture Oscar, 1949); Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry (1958, 1979); Poet Laureate of the US (1944-1945)

Born AND Died on this day (!)

James Fenimore Cooper (born 1789; died 1851) American author known for the five "Leatherstocking Tales," especially The DeerslayerThe Last of the Mohicansand The Pathfinder

Bonus Classic:

Tao Yuanming (365-427) Chinese poet of the Six Dynasties period, known for "field and garden" poetry (about domesticated nature). Also wrote the Tao Hua Yuan (Peach Blossom Spring) fable about a sort of utopia.

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