Classics Calendar for February 20

Poster from a 1951 French film version of Journal d'un curé de
campagne (Diary of a Country Priest) by Georges Bernanos

Here are today's milestones:

Born this on day:

Shiga Naoya (1883; died October 21, 1971) Japanese novelist and short story writer; An'ya Koro (A Dark Night's Passing); The Paper Door and Other Stories

Ishikawa Takuboku (1886; died April 13, 1912) Japanese poet; A Handful of Sand; Sad Toys

Georges Bernanos (1888; died July 5, 1948) French author; Diary of a Country Priest

Ansel Adams (1902; died April 22, 1984) American photographer; Landscape photography of the American Southwest; Monolith, The Face of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, 1927; Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, 1941; created the "Zone System" of black-and-white exposure

Robert Altman (1925; died November 20, 2006) American filmmaker; MASH; Nashville; The Player; Short Cuts; Gosford Park

Died this on day:

Frederick Douglass (1895; born c. February 1818) American writer and activist; Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave; My Bondage and My Freedom; Life and Times of Frederick Douglass

Kobayashi Takiji (1933; born October 13, 1903) Japanese novelist who wrote Kanikosen (Crab Cannery Ship)

Bonus Classic:

Gospel of Thomas (c. 80) Middle Eastern apocryphal New Testament book made up of sayings of Jesus, some with a decidedly Gnostic flavor

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