Classics Calendar for October 25

Geoffrey Chaucer portrayed as a pilgrim in the
Ellesmere manuscript of the Canterbury Tales

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800; died December 28, 1859) British historian; Lays of Ancient Rome; Critical and Historical Essays; History of England

Johann Strauss the Younger (1825; died June 3, 1899) Austrian composer; Gypsy Baron; Die Fledermaus; waltzes: "Blue Danube"; "Tales from the Vienna Woods"

Georges Bizet (1838; died June 3, 1875) French composer; Carmen; Pearl Fishers

Pablo Picasso (1881; died April 8, 1973) Spanish painter, multi-faceted artist, poet, and playwright; Guernica; Dove; Head of a Woman; Head of a Bull, Metamorphosis

John Berryman (1914; died January 7, 1972) American poet who wrote The Dream Songs (77 Dream Songs and His Toy, His Dream His Rest); Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (1965)

Harold Brodkey (1930; died January 26, 1996) American short-story writer and novelist known for Stories in an Almost Classical Mode (stories); The Runaway Soul (novel); and This Wild Darkness: The Story of My Death (non-fiction).

Died on this day:

Frank Norris (Benjamin Franklin Norris) (1902; born March 5, 1870) American novelist; McTeague; The Octopus: A Story of California; The Pit

Geoffrey Chaucer (1400; born Unknown Date, 1343) English poet; The Canterbury Tales; Troilus and Criseyde; The Book of the Duchess; The House of Fame; The Legend of Good Women

Bonus Classic:

Heike Monogatari (13th-14th centuries) Japanese epic of the Genpei War (1180-1185)

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