Classics Calendar for September 24

Gatsby (Robert Redford) and Daisy (Mia Farrow) in the 1974
film version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Tang Xianzu (1550; died July 29, 1616) Chinese playwright of the Ming Dynasty who wrote Mudan Ting (The Peony Pavilion), one of the "Four Great Classical Dramas"

F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896; died December 21, 1940) American novelist and short story writer best known for The Great Gatsby; also wrote Tender Is the Night; The Diamond as Big as the Ritz; "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"; "Babylon Revisited"

Died on this day:

Edward Conze (1979; born March 18, 1904) Anglo-German Buddhist scholar known for Buddhism: Its Essence and Development; Buddhism: A Short History; The Memoirs of a Modern Gnostic; numerous translations of the Prajñāpāramitā Literature

Dr. Seuss (1991; born March 2, 1904) American writer and illustrator of popular children's books including And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street; If I Ran the Zoo; Horton Hears a Who!; If I Ran the Circus; The Cat in the Hat; How the Grinch Stole Christmas!; Green Eggs and Ham; also received a special Pulitzer Prize (1984); two Academy Awards

Bonus Classic:

Zisi (c. 481-402 BCE) Chinese philosopher and the grandson of Confucius; Zhong Yong (Doctrine of the Mean) (one of Confucianism's "Four Books")

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