Classics Calendar for April 24

Front cover of an 1889 American
edition of Defoe's Robinson Crusoe

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Anthony Trollope (1815; died December 6, 1882) English novelist; the six novels of the Chronicles of Barsetshire; many more

Robert Penn Warren (1905; died September 15, 1989) American novelist and poet known for All the King's Men (Pulitzer Prize for the Novel, 1946; also, Best Picture Oscar, 1949); Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry (1958, 1979); Poet Laureate of the US (1944-1945)

Died on this day:

Daniel Defoe (1731; born September 13, 1660) English writer; Robinson Crusoe; A Journal of the Plague Year; Moll Flanders

L. M. Montgomery (1942; born November 30, 1874) Canadian author of children's literature; Anne of Green Gables and sequels; Rilla of Ingleside; Emily of New Moon and two more; the Avonlea stories

Willa Cather (1947; born December 7, 1873) American author; O Pioneers!; Death Comes for the Archbishop; The Song of the Lark; My Ántonia; Pulitzer Prize in Literature (1923)

Bonus Classic:

The Cattle Raid of Cooley (from 12th century on) tells of an attack--styled a "war"--on Ulster by the queen of Connacht and her men, who attempt steal a bull; Ulster's defense depends on the teenaged hero Cú Chulainn. It is the central text of the "Ulster Cycle," one of the four great cycles of Irish mythology.

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