Classics Calendar for December 30

Kit and Port Moresby (Debra Winger and John Malkovich)
in the 1990 film version of The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Theodor Fontane (1819; died September 20, 1898) German novelist and poet best remembered for his novels Trials and Tribulations, Frau Jenny Treibel, and Effi Briest

Rudyard Kipling (1865; died January 18, 1936) English journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist; The Jungle Book; Just So Stories; Kim; Captains Courageous; "If—"; "Gunga Din"; "The White Man's Burden";; Nobel Prize in Literature (1907)

Paul Bowles (1910; died November 18, 1999) American author; The Sheltering Sky; The Delicate Prey and Other Stories

Died on this day:

Jose Rizal (1896; born June 19, 1861) Filipino activist and polymath; Noli Me Tángere; El Filibusterismo; "Mi último adios"

Romain Rolland (1944; born January 29, 1866) French playwright, novelist, essayist, art historian and mystic; Jean-Christophe (10 volumes); Colas Breugnon; Clérambault; Pierre et Luce; L'âme enchantée (7 volumes); biographical essays including those of Ramakrishna and Vivekananda; Nobel Prize in Literature (1915)

Alfred North Whitehead (1947; born February 15, 1861) British mathematician and philosopher; A Treatise on Universal Algebra; Principia Mathematica; An Introduction to Mathematics; Science and the Modern World; Process and Reality

Yokomitsu Riichi (1947; born March 17, 1898) Japanese writer; The Sun; Machine; Shanghai; memoir "Haru wa basha ni note" ("Spring Riding in a Carriage") and other stories

Huston Smith (2016; born May 31, 1919) American religious studies scholar; The World's Religions; Why Religion Matters; The Wisdom of Faith with Bill Moyers

Bonus Classic:

Zhang Dai (1597-1689) Chinese writer of essays, history, and biography; Tao An Meng Yi (Reminiscences in Dreams of Tao An); Xi Hu Meng Xun

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