Classics Calendar for December 19

Heathcliff (Laurence Olivier) and Catherine (Merle Oberon)
in the 1939 film adaptation of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Italo Svevo (1861; died September 13, 1928) Italian novelist, playwright, and short story writer who wrote The Confession of Zeno and As a Man Grows Older

Oliver La Farge (1901; died August 2, 1963) American novelist and anthropologist; Laughing Boy; Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, (1929)

Jean Genet (1910; died April 15, 1986) French novelist, playwright, poet, essayist, and political activist; novels Our Lady of the Flowers, The Thief's Journal; play The Balcony

Died this on day:

Al-Ghazali (1111; born Unknown Date, 1058) Persian mystic and philosopher; Tahafut al-Falasifa (Incoherence of the Philosophers); Kimiya-yi Sa'adat (Alchemy of Happiness); Munqidh min al-dalal (Deliverance from Error--autobiography); Ihya' Ulum al-Din or Ihya'u Ulumiddin (The Revival of Religious Sciences)

Emily Bronte (1848; born July 30, 1818) English novelist and poet; Wuthering Heights

J. M. W. Turner (1851; born April 23, 1775) English painter; Dido building Carthage; Snow Storm; The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons; Modern Rome-Campo Vaccino; Agrippina Landing with the Ashes of Germanicus; Sunrise with Sea Monsters

Bonus Classic:

Wen Kang, pen name Yanbei Xianren (flourished 1821-1850) Chinese novelist; Ernu Yingxiong Zhuan (The Story of Hero Boys and Hero Girls; also called Thirteenth Sister)

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