Classics Calendar for September 25

Cover of Shel Silverstein's
parable The Giving Tree

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Rudolf Otto (1869; died March 6, 1937) German theologian and religious scholar whose best-known work was The Idea of the Holy

Lu Xun (1881; died October 19, 1936) Modern Chinese short story writer; "The True Story of Ah Q"; "Diary of a Madman"; "The New Year Sacrifice"; collections: Call to Arms; Wandering; Old Tales Retold

Kees Boeke (1884; died July 3, 1966) Dutch educator who wrote Cosmic View; Powers of Ten

William Faulkner (1897; died July 6, 1962) American novelist, short story writer, playwright, poet, and essayist whose novels include The Sound and the Fury; As I Lay Dying; Light in August; Absalom, Absalom!; A Rose for Emily; Nobel Prize in Literature (1949); two Pulitzer Prizes for Fiction (1955, 1963)

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906; died August 9, 1975) Russian composer best known for Symphonies number 5, 7 and 10

Shel Silverstein (1930; died May 10, 1999) American poet, songwriter, and children's author who wrote Where the Sidewalk Ends; The Giving Tree

Died on this day:

R. S. Thomas (2000; born March 29, 1913) Welsh poet and Anglican priest; collections Song at the Year's Turning; Laboratories of the Spirit

Bonus Classic:

Euripides (c. 480-c. 406 BCE) Greek tragic playwright; Alcestis; Medea; Hippolytus; The Trojan Women; Electra; The Bacchae

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