Tuesday, August 18, 2009

1844 - 1845: Memoirs of Barry Lyndon, Esq.... to "The Raven"

Chronology of World, British and American Literature

Wm. Makepeace Thackeray. British. 1844. Novel. The Memoirs of Barry Lyndon, Esq., Written by Himself. Narrator is a scoundrel who engages in a succession of affairs without any feelings of responsibility.

Benjamin Disraeli. British. 1844. Novel. Coningsby, or The New Generation. Pictures contemporary figures, thinly disguised. People were interested in identifying them.

Charles Dickens. British. 1844. Novel. The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit. Slashes at American provincialism and selfish, grasping Chuzzlewit Englishmen.

Benjamin Disraeli. British. 1845. Novel. Sybil, or the Two Nations. The two nations are the rich and poor working classes; distressed conditions of the laboring class. Chartist movement during the 1840s.

Edgar Allan Poe. American. 1845. Poetry. “The Raven.” Answers tormented questions of bereaved lover with “Nevermore.”

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