Monday, August 10, 2009

1841: "The Wreck of the Hesperus" to "Self-Reliance"

Chronology of World, British and American Literature

Longfellow. American. 1841. Poetry. “The Wreck of the Hesperus.” Inspired by a newspaper account of an actual wreck at sea.

Edgar Allan Poe. American. 1841. Story. “Murders in the Rue Morgue.” Mother, daughter brutally murdered in crime that baffles police. Poe’s detective is C. Auguste Dupuin.

James F. Cooper. American. 1841. Novel. The Deerslayer. Natty Bumppo’s youth. Lake Otsego. Delaware Indians. Fight Hurons. Resists romance. Chingachgook enters.

Robert Browning. British. 1841. Verse Drama. Pippa Passes. Pippa’s song alters the destiny of those who hear her.

Emerson. American. 1841. Essay. “Self-Reliance.” Some of the best-known epigrammatic sentences: trust your own judgment.

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