Classics Calendar for December 2

Georges Seurat's Sunday Afternoon
on the Island of La Grande Jatte

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Björnstjerne Björnson (1832; died April 26, 1910) Norwegian writer and Nobel winner (1903) known for his "peasant tales" such as A Happy Boy; with Ibsen, Lie, and Kielland, one of Norway's "Four Greats."

Georges Seurat (1859; died March 29, 1891) French painter; Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte; Bathers at Asnières; Jeune femme se poudrant

Died on this day:

Edmond Rostand (1918; born April 1, 1868) French poet and dramatist; Cyrano de Bergerac

Philip Larkin (1985; born August 9, 1922) English poet and novelist; The Whitsun Weddings; High Windows

Aaron Copland (1990; born November 14, 1900) American composer; Appalachian Spring; Fanfare for the Common Man; Lincoln Portrait

Robertson Davies (1995; born August 28, 1913) Canadian "man of letters" who wrote three novel "trilogies" and most of a fourth

Mona Van Duyn (2004; born May 9, 1921) American poet; To See, To Take: Poems; Near Changes; Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (1991); Poet Laureate of the USA (1992)

Bonus Classic:

Aristotle (384-322 BCE) Greek philosopher known for Ethics; Politics; Organon; Poetics; more

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