Thursday, July 23, 2009

1826 - 1828: Last of the Mohicans to Fanshawe.

Chronology of World, British and American Literature

James F. Cooper. American. 1826. Novel. The Last of the Mohicans. Magua, evil Indian vs. Uncas, last of the Mohicans. Cora killed by Magua. Uncas dies trying to save her.

Alessandro Manzoni. Italian. 1827. Novel. The Betrothed. Greatest Italian novel of modern times? Remarkable scene: plague in Milan. Peasant lovers try to marry in spite of obstacles posed by evil doers. Shows working of God in our daily lives. Characters are personifications.

James F. Cooper. American. 1827. Novel. The Prairie. Death of aged Natty Bumppo. Notable prairie descriptions—from Lewis and Clark. Squatters protend ill for future of democracy. Natty: selfless, noble, disinterested.

Ricardo Palma. Peru. 1827/1906. Traditions. Traditiones Perunas. Covers virtually every aspect of the Peruvian past; history, anecdote, satire.

Nathaniel Hawthorne. American. 1828. Novel. Fanshawe. Pale, serious student gives Ellen up to a man he knows she loves and then he dies. Influenced by Scott and the Gothic novel.

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