Classics Calendar for December 10

A 1923 production of Luigi Pirandello's
Six Characters in Search of an Author

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

George MacDonald (1824; died September 18, 1905) Scottish writer and cleric known for Lilith; Phantastes; David Elginbrod; The Princess and the Goblin; At the Back of the North Wind

Emily Dickinson (1830; died May 15, 1886) American poet; short pieces numbering close to 1800; "There is no frigate like a book"; "Because I could not stop for death"; "I taste a liquor never brewed"; "I'm Nobody! Who are you?"; "I like to see it lap the Miles"; etc.

Died on this day:

Averroes (1198 ; born April 14, 1126) Andalusian polymath; Tahafut al-tahafut (The Incoherence of the Incoherence); Kitab fasl al-maqal (The Harmony of Religion and Philosophy)

Luigi Pirandello (1936; born June 28, 1867) Italian dramatist, novelist, poet and short story writer; The Late Mattia Pascal; Six Characters in Search of an Author; Henry IV; One, No One and One Hundred Thousand; Nobel Prize in Literature (1934)

Karl Barth (1968; born May 10, 1886) Swiss theologian; The Epistle to the Romans; Church Dogmatics

Thomas Merton (1968; born January 31, 1915) American Catholic writer and mystic; The Seven Storey Mountain

Bonus Classic:

Gao Lian (fl. 16th century) Chinese playwright; Yuzanji (The Jade Hairpin)

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