Classics Calendar for September 19

Cover image of an edition of
William Golding's Lord of the Flies

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

William Golding (1911; died June 19, 1993) British novelist, playwright, and poet known for novel Lord of the Flies; Nobel Prize in Literature (1983)

Died on this day:

Etienne Gilson (1978; born June 13, 1884) French philosopher and historian known for The Spirit of Mediaeval Philosophy; History of Christian Philosophy in the Middle Ages; The Philosophy of St Thomas Aquinas; Heloise and Abelard; Christian Philosophy many more

Masaoka Shiki (1902; born October 14, 1867) Japanese poet known for Take no Sato Uta (Songs from a Bamboo Village) (one of the "Four Great Haiku Masters")

Italo Calvino (1985; born October 15, 1923) Italian journalist and writer of short stories and novels known for Our Ancestors (trilogy), especially The Baron in the Trees; Invisible Cities; If on a winter's night a traveler; short story collection Cosmicomics

Bonus Classic:

Pindar (c. 522-c. 443 BCE) Greek lyric poet; Odes

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