Classics Calendar for January 6

Image from the familar cover of the 1973
edition of Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Clarence King (1842; died December 24, 1901) American geologist and author; Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada

Carl Sandburg (1878; died July 22, 1967) American poet, writer, and editor; poetry Chicago Poems; The People, Yes; history Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years and The War Years; Rootabaga Stories for children; two Pulitzer Prizes in Poetry (1919, 1951); one for History (1940)

Kahlil Gibran (1883; died April 10, 1931) Lebanese-American artist, poet, and writer; The Prophet; Jesus, The Son of Man; Broken Wings

E. L. Doctorow (1931; died July 21, 2015) American novelist; The Book of Daniel; Ragtime; World's Fair; Billy Bathgate; The March; Homer & Langley

Died on this day:

Chikamatsu Monzaemon (1725; born Unknown date, 1653) Japanese puppet-theater (bunraku) playwright; The Battle of Coxinga; The Love Suicide at Sonezaki; The Love Suicide at Amijima

Fanny Burney (1840; born June 13, 1752) English satirical novelist, diarist, and playwright known especially for novels Evelina, Camilla, and The Wanderer; and the non-fiction Memoirs of Doctor Burney.

Richard Henry Dana (1882; born August 1, 1815) American writer; Two Years before the Mast

Gregor Mendel (1884; born July 20, 1822) Austro-German monk and scientist; "Experiments on Plant Hybridization"

Theodore Roosevelt (1919; born October 27, 1858) American president and writer; The Naval War of 1812; The Rough Riders; The Winning of the West

Dizzy Gillespie (1993; born October 21, 1917) American jazz composer and performer who wrote "Groovin' High"; "Woody 'n' You"; "Salt Peanuts"; "A Night in Tunisia"; "Manteca"; Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (1989)

Bonus Classic

The Story of Burnt Njal (13th century) Icelandic saga about the friends Njáll Thorgeirsson (a scholar) and Gunnar Hámundarson (a warrior) and their involvement in feuding (much of it caused by Gunnar's evil wife Hallgerdr) that leads to the death of Njall by fire.

No comments:

Post a Comment