Monday, July 13, 2009

1818: Persuasion to The Heart of Midlothian

Chronology of World, British and American Literature

Jane Austen. British. 1818. Novel. Persuasion. After 8 years, engagement broken; however, lovers are reunited.

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. British. 1818. Romance. Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus. Animates soulless monster; he longs for sympathy; shunned, turns to evil.

Lord Byron. British. 1818. Poetry. Beppo. Husband of Laura. a Venetian lady. Captive at Troy. Adventures. Returns to native land. Reunited.

Percy Bysshe Shelley. British. 1818. Poetry. “Ozymandias.” Ironic comment on the vanity and futility of a tyrant’s power.

Sir Walter Scott. British. 1818. Novel. The Heart of Midlothian. Old jail, center of Edinburgh. Porteous Riots, 1736. Effie Deans seduced. Kills child. Sentenced to die.

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