Classics Calendar for April 9

Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Elias Lonnrot (1802; died March 19, 1884) Finnish folklorist who compiled Kalevala, the national epic of Finland, from national folk tales he had gathered; and Kanteletar, a collection of Finnish folk poetry

Charles Baudelaire (1821; died August 31, 1867) French poet; Les Fleurs du mal (The Flowers of Evil)

Died on this day:

Francois Rabelais (1553; born February 4, 1494) French writer; Gargantua and Pantagruel, especially Book I: The Abbey of Theleme

Francis Bacon (1626; born January 22, 1561) English scientist and philosopher; New Atlantis; Essays, or Counsels, Civil and Moral; Novum Organum (New Scientific Method)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1882; born May 12, 1828) English poet and painter; The Blessed Damozel; The House of Life

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1945; born February 4, 1906) German pastor and theologian; The Cost of Discipleship; Letters and Papers from Prison

Frank Lloyd Wright (1959; born June 8, 1867) American architect; Fallingwater; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Taliesin; Taliesin West; Ennis House

Bonus Classic:

Lady Nijo (1258-after 1307) Japanese imperial concubine, then Buddhist nun; Towazugatari (An Unasked-For Tale, also called The Confessions of Lady Nijo)

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