Classics Calendar for February 3

Norman Rockwell's Freedom from Want
typifies the appealing sappiness of his work.

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Felix Mendelssohn (1809; died November 4, 1847) German composer; A Midsummer Night's Dream; The Hebrides; Songs Without Words; violin concerto

Horace Greeley (1811; died November 29, 1872) American newspaperman; The American Conflict; Glances at Europe; numerous short pieces

Gertrude Stein (1874; died July 27, 1946) American novelist, poet, and playwright; The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas; Q.E.D.; Fernhurst; Three Lives; The Making of Americans; Tender Buttons

Norman Rockwell (1894; died November 8, 1978) American painter and illustrator; Willie Gillis series; Rosie the Riveter; Four Freedoms series; The Problem We All Live With; especially known as a cover illustrator for the Saturday Evening Post

Lao She (1899; died August 24, 1966) Chinese novelist and dramatist; Rickshaw Boy; Teahouse

James Michener (1907; died October 16, 1997) American author who wrote Tales of the South Pacific; Hawaii; The Drifters; Centennial; The Source; The Fires of Spring; Chesapeake; Caribbean; Caravans; Alaska; Texas; Poland; Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1948)

Simone Weil (1909; died August 24, 1943) French philosopher, mystic, and political activist who wrote Waiting for God

Bonus Classic:

Josephus (37-c. 100) Romano-Jewish historian known for The Jewish War; Jewish Antiquities; Against Apion; and his Autobiography

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