Chronology of World, British and American Literature
Balzac. French. 1847. Novel. Le Cousin Pons. Musical composer squanders his income on works of art. Ugly and lonely, he becomes a glutton and a parasite.
Herman Melville. American. 1847. Novel. Omoo: A Narrative of Adventures in the
Anne Bronte. British. 1847. Novel. Agnes Grey. Quiet account of life of ill-treated, lonely governess who eventually marries a curate.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti. British. 1848. Sonnet. “The House of Life.” Autobiographical. Title refers to house of human life in astrology.
Wm. Makepeace Thackery. British. 1848. Novel. Vanity Fair, A Novel without a Hero. Becky Sharp: clever, scheming, determined to get on in the world.