Wednesday, June 3, 2009

1700 to 1799: "Rameau's Nephew" to "Goody Two-Shoes."

Chronology of World, British and American Literature

Denis Diderot. French. 1762. Sketch. “Rameau’s Nephew.” Satiric character sketch of lazy, hare-brained, sensual, utterly candid social parasite.

Horace Walpole. British. 1764. Gothic Novel. The Castle of Otranto. Villain is Manfred. Supernatural events. Isabella flees with Theodore, a peasant. Ghost destroys castle.

Thomas Percy. British. 1765. Poetry Collection. Reliques of Ancient English Poetry. Collection of ballads, sonnets, historical songs, and romances. One of the earliest histories of literature, 15th through 18th centuries.

Thomas Godfrey. American. 1765. Play. The Prince of Parthia. First play by an American. Villainous prince murders his father and keeps the elder brother from the throne.

Oliver Goldsmith. British. 1765. Tale. “Goody Two-Shoes.” Nursery tale written for publisher John Newbery. Poor girl delights in a new pair of shoes.

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