Classics Calendar for January 27

Baritone Markus Werba as Papageno in the
Salzburg Festival 2012 production of
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's The Magic Flute

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756; died December 5, 1791) Austrian composer; chamber music, concertos, operas (The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro), 41 symphonies

Lewis Carroll (1832; died January 14, 1898) English writer and mathematician; Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; Through the Looking-Glass; The Hunting of the Snark; "Jabberwocky"

Died on this day:

John James Audubon (1851; born April 26, 1785) American naturalist and painter; Birds of America; journals

Giuseppe Verdi (1901; born October 10, 1813) Italian composer of Aida; Rigoletto; Don Carlo; Il Trovatore; La Traviata; Falstaff; Macbeth

Isaac Babel (1940; born July 13, 1894) Russian journalist, playwright, and short story writer; Red Cavalry; Story of My Dovecote; Tales of Odessa

John Updike (2009; born March 18, 1932) American novelist, poet, short story writer, and critic; the Rabbit Angstrom novels (Rabbit, Run; Rabbit Redux; Rabbit Is Rich; Rabbit at Rest; Rabbit Remembered); the Henry Bech stories; The Witches of Eastwick; Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1982, 1991)

J. D. Salinger (2010; born January 1, 1919) American short story writer, novelist; The Catcher in the Rye; Nine Stories; Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction; Franny and Zooey

Bonus Classic:

Diogenes the Cynic (412 or 404-323 BCE) Greek philosopher, one of the founders--and the prototype--of Cynic philosophy

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