Classics Calendar for January 12

Peter Ustinov appeared as Agatha Christie's sleuth
Hercule Poirot six times, here in a 1982 film
adaptation of the novel Evil Under the Sun.

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Charles Perrault (1628; died May 16, 1703) French writer of fairy tales; "The Sleeping Beauty," "Little Red Riding Hood," "Cinderella," "Puss in Boots"

Edmund Burke (1729; died July 9, 1797) Irish philosopher; On the Sublime and Beautiful; Reflections on the Revolution in France

Jack London (1876; died November 22, 1916) American novelist, short story writer, journalist, and activist; novels The Call of the Wild; White Fang; The Sea Wolf; stories "To Build a Fire"; "An Odyssey of the North"; "Love of Life"; "The Pearls of Parlay"; "The Heathen"; non-fiction The People of the Abyss

Murakami Haruki (1949) Japanese novelist, short-story writer, and essayist; A Wild Sheep Chase; Norwegian Wood; The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle; Kafka on the Shore; 1Q84

Died on this day:

Agatha Christie (1976; born September 15, 1890) English crime novelist, short story writer, and playwright known for Characters Hercule Poirot and Miss (Jane) Marple; novels Murder on the Orient Express; Death on the Nile; The ABC Murders; And Then There Were None; short story collection Partners in Crime; play The Mousetrap

Bonus Classic:

John Fletcher (December 1579-August 1625) English playwright; over 50 plays alone or in collaboration (including three--maybe--with Shakespeare)

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