Tuesday, July 14, 2009

1818 - 1819: Nightmare Abbey to "Ode to a Nightingale."

Chronology of World, British and American Literature

Thomas Love Peacock. British. 1818. Novel. Nightmare Abbey. Satirizes leading figures and concepts of romanticism in England.

Washington Irving. American. 1819. Sketches. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. Beginning of short story in America. Sketches of American landscape and culture. Contains "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle."

Washington Irving. American. 1819. Story. "Rip Van Winkle." Falls asleep before the Revolution and 20 years later wakes up. Contrast between the new and old societies.

Washington Irving. American. 1819. Story. "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." Brom Bones masquerades as the headless horseman and scares the schoolmaster out of town.

John Keats. British. 1819. Poetry. "Ode to a Nightingale." Feeling of melancholy because of mortality, but bird's song is immortal.

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