Classics Calendar for April 3

Joseph Jefferson as Washington
Irving's "Rip Van Winkle" (1896)

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

George Herbert (1593; died March 1, 1633) Welsh poet and Anglican priest; The Temple: Sacred Poems and Private Ejaculations; A Priest to the Temple (also called The Country Parson)

Washington Irving (1783; died November 28, 1859) American short story writer, essayist, and historian; "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," both in The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.

Edward Everett Hale (1822; died June 10, 1909) American author and cleric; Illustrious Americans (co-author); "The Man without a Country"; Boys' Heroes

Died on this day:

Johannes Brahms (1897; born April 3, 1897) German composer; The "Lullaby"; Academic Festival Overture; The Tragic Overture; A German Requiem; Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel; The Paganini Variations; Variations on a Theme by Haydn

Manfred Bennington Lee (1971; born January 11, 1905) American author of crime stories; half of a pair of cousins who together created the fictional character and equally-fictional writer "Ellery Queen." (His cousin's name was Daniel Nathan, pen named Frederic Dannay)

Ferde Grofe (1972; born March 27, 1892) American composer; Mississippi Suite; Grand Canyon Suite; Death Valley Suite; Niagara Falls Suite

Graham Greene (1991; born October 2, 1904) English novelist and author who wrote Brighton Rock; The Power and the Glory; The Heart of the Matter; The End of the Affair; The Confidential Agent; The Third Man; The Quiet American; Our Man in Havana; The Human Factor; Monsignor Quixote

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (2013; born May 7, 1927) German-born British and American novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter known for her novel Heat and Dust, and adapting the screenplays from E. M. Forster's Room with a View and Howards End (winning Oscars for both)

Bonus Classic:

Epicurus (341-270 BCE) Greek philosopher; wrote three letters, known mainly through Diogenes Laƫrtius; and other fragments

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