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.
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.