Classics Calendar for January 25

W. Somerset Maugham's Of Human Bondage has been filmed
at least three times. The best may be the 1934 version with Bette
Davis and Leslie Howard as Mildred Rogers and Philip Carey.

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Robert Burns (1759; died July 21, 1796) Scottish poet; "Auld Lang Syne"; "To a Mouse"; "A Man's a Man for A' That"; "Scots Wha Hae"; "Tam O'Shanter"

W. Somerset Maugham (1874; died December 16, 1965) British playwright, novelist and short story writer; Of Human Bondage; The Moon and Sixpence; Cakes and Ale; The Razor's Edge

Virginia Woolf (1882; died March 28, 1941) English novelist, essayist, and critic; Mrs. Dalloway; To the Lighthouse; Orlando; A Room of One's Own; How to Read a Book

Died on this day:

Gregory of Nazianzus (390; born 329) Greek Archbishop (of Constantinople) and Church Father; in the Roman era; theological works and poems

Robert Burton (1640; born February 8, 1577) English scholar; The Anatomy of Melancholy

Bonus Classic:

Mencius (372-289; or 389-303/302 BCE) Chinese philosopher who wrote (The Book of) Mengzi or The Mencius (one of the "Four Books of Confucianism")

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