Classics Calendar for April 10

James Cagney as George M. Cohan in
Michael Curtiz's Yankee Doodle Dandy

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

William Hazlitt (1778; died September 18, 1830) English writer and critic known for Characters of Shakespear's Plays; Table-Talk; The Spirit of the Age: Or, Contemporary Portraits

Died on this day:

Kahlil Gibran (1931; born January 6, 1883) Lebanese-American artist, poet, and writer; The Prophet; Jesus, The Son of Man; Broken Wings

Algernon Charles Swinburne (1909; born April 5, 1837) English poet, playwright, novelist, and critic; Poems and Ballads

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1955; born May 1, 1881) French philosopher and Jesuit priest; The Phenomenon of Man; The Divine Milieu; The Future of Man; letters and essays

Michael Curtiz (1962; born December 24, 1886) Hungarian-American filmmaker; Casablanca (Best Director Oscar); Angels with Dirty Faces; Yankee Doodle Dandy; Mildred Pierce; White Christmas

Evelyn Waugh (1966; born October 28, 1903) English writer of novels, biographies and travel books who wrote Decline and Fall; A Handful of Dust; Brideshead Revisited; Sword of Honour (trilogy)

Bonus Classic:

Yuan Hongdao (1568-1610) Chinese poet; poems and xiaopin (short essays)

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