Classics Calendar for February 9

Celie (Whoopi Goldberg) and Nettie (Akosua Busia)
in a publicity still for Steven Spielberg's 1985
film version of Alice Walker's The Color Purple

Here are today's milestones:

Born this on day:

Thomas Paine (1737; died June 8, 1809) English-American philosopher and activist; Common Sense; The American Crisis; Rights of Man; The Age of Reason

Natsume Soseki (1867; died December 9, 1916) Japanese novelist; Kokoro; Botchan; I Am a Cat

J. M. Coetzee (1940) South African novelist and essayist; Waiting for the Barbarians; Life and Times of Michael K; Foe; Age of Iron; The Master of Petersburg; Disgrace; The Childhood of Jesus; Nobel Prize in Literature (2003)

Alice Walker (1944) American novelist, short story writer, poet, and activist; The Color Purple; Meridian; The Third Life of Grange Copeland; Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1983)

Died this on day:

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1881; born November 11, 1821) Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, journalist and philosopher; Poor Folk; Crime and Punishment; The Idiot; Demons; The Brothers Karamazov; Notes from Underground

Paul Laurence Dunbar (1906; born June 27, 1872) American poet, novelist, and playwright; The Heart of Happy Hollow: A Collection of Stories; The Uncalled: A Novel; The Sport of the Gods; The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar; The Strength of Gideon and Other Stories

Bonus Classic:

Dong Yue (published c. 1640) Chinese novelist; Xi You Bu (A Supplement to the Journey to the West)

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