Classics Calendar for April 1

The main character in Edmond
Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

William Harvey (1578; died June 3, 1657) English physician; De Motu Cordis (On the Circulation of Blood)

John Wilmot (1647; died July 26, 1680) English poet; A Satyr Against Reason and Mankind; numerous "vulgar" poems

Edmond Rostand (1868; died December 2, 1918) French poet and dramatist; Cyrano de Bergerac

Milan Kundera (1929) Czech-born French writer; The Joke; The Book of Laughter and Forgetting; The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Died on this day:

Scott Joplin (1917; born November 24, 1868) American ragtime composer, "Maple Leaf Rag"; "The Entertainer"; opera Treemonisha.

Bonus Classic:

Konjaku Monogatarishu (late Heian Period, 794-1185) Japanese story anthology containing over 1,000 tales from India, China and Japan

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