Classics Calendar for October 31

Jan Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Jan Vermeer (1632; died December 15, 1675) Dutch painter; The Milk Maid; Young Woman with a Water Jug; Girl with a Pearl Earring

Hokusai (1760; died May 10, 1849) Japanese artist; Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, including "The Great Wave off Kanagawa"

John Keats (1795; died February 23, 1821) English poet; the "Six Great Odes" ("Ode on a Grecian Urn," "Ode on Indolence," "Ode on Melancholy," "Ode to a Nightingale," "Ode to Psyche" and "To Autumn"); "The Eve of St. Agnes," "La Belle Dame sans Merci," "Hyperion," "Lamia," "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer"--where to stop?

Dick Francis (1920; died February 14, 2010) British crime writer who wrote Dead Cert; Nerve; Whip Hand; Under Orders

Died on this day:

Otto Rank (1939; born April 22, 1884) Austrian psychoanalyst, writer, and teacher; Der Mythus von der Geburt des (The Myth of the Birth of the Hero); Das Inzest-Motiv in Dichtung und Sage (The Incest Theme in Literature and Legend); Das Trauma der Geburt (The Trauma of Birth)

Federico Fellini (1993; born January 20, 1920) Italian filmmaker who made La Strada; Nights of Cabiria; La Dolce Vita; 8-1/2; Satyricon; Amarcord

Louis "Studs" Terkel (2008; born May 16, 1912) American author and historian best known for oral histories of "everyday Americans"; Hard Times; Working; The Good War; Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction (1985)

Bonus Classic:

Epictetus (c. 55-135) Greek-speaking Roman stoic philosopher who wrote The Golden Sayings

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