Wednesday, August 5, 2009

1839: "The Village Blacksmith" to The Green Mountain Boys

Chronology of World, British and American Literature

HW Longfellow. American. 1839. Poetry. “The Village Blacksmith.” Describes a New England smithy.

Stendahl. French. 1839. Historical Novel. The Charterhouse of Parma. Post-Napoleonic era. Remarkable analysis of romanticism. From Waterloo to Carthusian monastery.

Ralph Waldo Emerson. American. 1839. Poetry. “Each and All.” Seashore walk. Expression of faith in the oneness of the universe. All parts interdependent.

Edgar Allan Poe. American. 1839. Story. “The Fall of the House of Usher.” Sister, supposedly dead, reappears in bloody shroud. Brother, sister fall dead together. House splits.

Daniel Pierce Thompson. American. 1839. Novel. The Green Mountain Boys. Vivid picture of Revolutionary times in Vermont. Central character is Ethan Allen.

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