Classics Calendar for September 30

Audrey Hepburn as the iconic Holly
Golightly in the 1961 film based on
Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Rumi (1207; died December 17, 1273) Persian poet and mystic; Masnavi; Divan-e Kabir; Fihi Ma Fihi (It Is What It Is)

Truman Capote (1924; died August 25, 1984) American author of both fiction (Breakfast at Tiffany's) and non-fiction (In Cold Blood)

W. S. Merwin (1927; died March 15, 2019) American poet who has written over fifty books of poetry; United States Poet Laureate (2010), Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (1971, 2009)

Died on this day:

Jerome (420; born Unknown Date c. 347) Roman theologian, historian and Church Father; Gospel commentaries, Vulgate Bible

Patrick White (1990; born May 28, 1912) Australian novelist, short story writer, and playwright whose novels include Voss; Riders in the Chariot; Happy Valley; The Tree of Man; The Burnt Ones; Nobel Prize in Literature (1973)

Therese of Lisieux (1897; born January 2, 1873) French nun and mystic who wrote the poetic masterpiece "To Live by Love"; also L'Histoire d'une Âme (The Story of a Soul); Last Conversations; poetry, prayers, and religious plays

Bonus Classic:

Xenophon (c. 430-354) Greek historian and philosopher; Anabasis (An Ascent); The Constitution of the Spartans

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