Chronology of World, British and American Literature
James F. Cooper. American. 1840. Novel. The Pathfinder, Or the
Ralph W. Emerson. American. 1841. Essay. “The Oversoul.” Concept of primal mind, cosmic unity of which all men partake. Keystone of Emerson’s philosophic thought.
Balzac. French. 1841. Novels. La Comedie Humaine (The Human Comedy). The name Balzac gave to the whole body of his work.
Dickens. British. 1841. Novel. Barnaby Rudge. Anti-Catholic Gordon Riots, 1780. Cause: Government ignores the needs of the poor. Barnaby’s father is a murderer.
Emerson. American. 1841. Essay. “Compensation.” Every evil is balanced by a good. No need for an afterlife.