Classics Calendar for March 28

Natascha McElhone and Vanessa Redgrave as
Mrs. Dalloway young and old, in the 1997
film adaptation of Virginia Woolf's novel

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Teresa of Avila (1515; died October 4, 1582) Spanish saint and mystic who wrote her Autobiography; El Camino de Perfeccion (The Way of Perfection); El Castillo Interior (The Interior Castle)

Maxim Gorky (1868; died June 18, 1936) Russian novelist, dramatist, short story writer, and poet; short story Twenty-six Men and a Girl; poem "The Song of the Stormy Petrel"; novel The Mother; plays The Lower Depths, Summerfolk and Children of the Sun

Mario Vargas Llosa (1936) Peruvian novelist, short story writer, and essayist; The Time of the Hero; Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter; The War of the End of the World; The Feast of the Goat; The Bad Girl; Nobel Prize in Literature (2010)

Died on this day:

Marquis de Condorcet (1794; born September 17, 1743) French philosopher known for The Progress of the Human Mind

Modest Mussorgsky (1881; born March 21, 1839) Russian composer; Boris Godunov; Night on Bald Mountain; Pictures at an Exhibition

Virginia Woolf (1941; born January 25, 1882) English novelist, essayist, and critic; Mrs. Dalloway; To the Lighthouse; Orlando; A Room of One's Own; How to Read a Book

W. C. Handy (1958; born November 16, 1873) American composer and performer; "St. Louis Blues"; "Beale Street Blues"

Marc Chagall (1985; born July 6, 1887) Russian-French artist; I and the Village; Adam and Eve; The Fiddler; Bouquet with Flying Lovers; Bella with White Collar; The Circus Horse; The Father

Eugene Ionesco (1994; born November 26, 1909) Romanian-French playwright; The Bald Soprano; The Killer; Rhinoceros

Bonus Classic:

Tu Long (c. 1542-1605) Chinese playwright and essayist; Kao Pan Yu Shi (Desultory Remarks on Furnishing the Abode of the Retired Scholar)

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