Classics Calendar for March 26

Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh) and Stanley Kowalski
(Marlon Brando) from the poster of Elia Kazan's 1951
film of Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

A. E. Housman (1859; died April 30, 1936) English poet and scholar; A Shropshire Lad

Robert Frost (1874; died January 29, 1963) American poet; "Mending Wall"; "The Road Not Taken"; "Fire and Ice"; "Nothing Gold Can Stay"; "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"; four Pulitzer Prizes (1924, 1931, 1937, 1943)

Joseph Campbell (1904; died October 30, 1987) American mythologist, writer and lecturer who wrote The Hero with a Thousand Faces; the four-part Masks of God; The Mythic Image; A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living; The Power of Myth

Tennessee Williams (1911; died February 25, 1983) American playwright; A Streetcar Named Desire; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; The Glass Menagerie; Sweet Bird of Youth; The Night of the Iguana

Died on this day:

Ludwig van Beethoven (1827; baptized December 17, 1770) German composer; Concertos (Emperor); sonatas (Moonlight, Pathetique); 9 symphonies; Fidelio; "Fur Elise"

Walt Whitman (1892; born May 31, 1819) American poet and writer; Leaves of Grass

Raymond Chandler (1959; born July 23, 1888) British-American crime novelist; created Philip Marlowe, and wrote The Big Sleep; Farewell, My Lovely; The Little Sister; The Long Goodbye

Noel Coward (1973; born December 16, 1899) English playwright; Hay Fever; Private Lives; Design for Living; Present Laughter; Blithe Spirit; Academy Honorary Award (1943)

Bonus Classic:

Su Zhe (1039-1112) Chinese essayist; son of Su Xun, brother of Su Dongpo; political and historical writing (one of "Eight Great Prose Masters of the Tang and Song")

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