Classics Calendar for February 18

Paul D. (Danny Glover) and Sethe (Oprah Winfrey)
in the 1998 film version of Toni Morrison's Beloved

Here are today's milestones:

Born this on day:

Ramakrishna Paramahamsa (1836; died August 16, 1886) Indian mystic and yogi; The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

Alexander Kielland (1849; died April 6, 1906) Norwegian writer of short stories, plays, essays, novels, including Skipper Worse; with Ibsen, Lie, and Bjørnson, one of Norway's "Four Greats."

Nikos Kazantzakis (1883; died October 26, 1957) Greek novelist, poet, playwright, and essayist; epic poem The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel; novels Zorba the Greek; The Greek Passion; Captain Michalis; The Last Temptation of Christ; essay The Saviors of God: Spiritual Exercises

Wallace Stegner (1909; died April 13, 1993) American novelist, short story writer, and historian; Angle of Repose; The Spectator Bird; Crossing to Safety; Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1972)

Toni Morrison (1931; died August 5, 2019) American novelist; Beloved; Song of Solomon; The Bluest Eye; Nobel Prize in Literature (1993); Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1988)

Died this on day:

Martin Luther (1546; born November 10, 1483) German monk, theologian, and religious founder; The Ninety-Five Theses; Address to the Christian Nobility; Concerning Christian Liberty

Michelangelo (1564; born March 6, 1475) Italian sculptor, painter, architect, poet; Pietà; David; The Last Judgment; Sistine Chapel ceiling; erotic poetry

Ryokan Taigu (1831; born November 2, 1758) Japanese monk and poet; numerous short poems

Albert Bierstadt (1902; born January 7, 1830) German-American painter; large landscapes like The Rocky Mountains; Among the Sierra Nevada, California; Mount Corcoran

Tsushima Yuko (2016; born March 30, 1947) Japanese writer, essayist and critic; Child of Fortune; Woman Running in the Mountains; The Shooting Gallery & Other Stories; Laughing Wolf

Furui Yoshikichi (2020; born November 19, 1937) Japanese author; White-Haired Melody; Child of Darkness: Yoko and Other Stories; Ravine and Other Stories

Bonus Classic:

Epic of King Gesar (12th century) Tibetan epic cycle about a legendary hero

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