Classics Calendar for March 7

Peter Sellers as the title character (among
others) of Stanley Kubrick's 1964
black comedy Dr. Strangelove

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Alessandro Manzoni (1785; died May 22, 1873) Italian poet and novelist; I Promessi Sposi (The Betrothed)

Maurice Ravel (1875; died December 28, 1937) French composer; Boléro; Pavane pour une infante défunte (Pavane for a Dead Princess); Rapsodie espagnole; ballet Daphnis et Chloé; opera L’Enfant et les sortilèges (The Child and the Enchantments)

Abe Kobo (1924; died January 22, 1993) Japanese writer; Suna no Onna (The Woman in the Dunes)

Died on this day:

Thomas Aquinas (1274; born Unknown Date, 1225) Italian cleric, theologian, and saint; Summa Theologiae (Summary [or perhaps "Epitome"] of Theology); Summa Contra Gentiles (Against the Unbelievers)

Stevie Smith (1971; born September 20, 1902) English poet and novelist known for novel The Holiday; poem "Not Waving but Drowning"

Paramahansa Yogananda (1952; born January 5, 1893) Indian yogi; Autobiography of a Yogi

Stanley Kubrick (1999; born July 26, 1928) American filmmaker; Spartacus; Lolita; Dr. Strangelove; 2001: A Space Odyssey; A Clockwork Orange; Barry Lyndon; The Shining; Full Metal Jacket; Eyes Wide Shut

Bonus Classic:

Ilango Adigal (2nd century) Tamil poet; Silappatikaram (The Tale of an Anklet) depicts the life of Kannagi, a chaste woman--one of the three surviving "Five Great Epics of Tamil Literature"

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