Classics Calendar for September 20

Rapunzel, by John B. Gruelle,
from a 1922 edition of Wilhelm and
Jacob Grimm's Fairy Stories

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

George Bird Grinnell (1849; died April 11, 1938) American anthropologist, historian, naturalist, and writer; The Cheyenne Indians: Their History and Lifeways; Pawnee Hero Stories; Blackfoot Lodge Tales; founded the first Audubon Society in America, and co-founded the New York Zoological Society

Upton Sinclair (1878; died November 25, 1968) American novelist, activist, and journalist known for The Jungle; Oil!; the "Lanny Budd" series; Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1943)

Stevie Smith (1902; died March 7, 1971) English poet and novelist known for novel The Holiday; poem "Not Waving but Drowning"

Donald Hall (1928; died June 23, 2018) American poet and writer known for poetry collections Exiles and Marriages; Kicking the Leaves; The Happy Man; The One Day; The Museum of Clear Ideas; Without: Poems; children's book Ox-Cart Man; non-fiction Essays After Eighty

Died on this day:

Jacob Grimm (1863; born January 4, 1785) German folklorist known for Kinder-und Hausmärchen (Children's and Household Tales, with brother Wilhelm); Deutsche Mythologie (Teutonic Mythology)

Theodor Fontane (1898; born December 30, 1819) German novelist and poet best remembered for his novels Trials and Tribulations, Frau Jenny Treibel, and Effi Briest

Bonus Classic:

Zengzi (505-435 BCE) Chinese philosopher; commented on Da Xue (The Great Learning) and composed or edited Xiao Jing (The Classic of Filial Piety), both attributed to Confucius

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