Wednesday, August 26, 2009

1848;: Dombey and Son to The Communist Manifesto

Chronology of World, British and American Literature

Charles Dickens. British. 1848. Novel. Dombey and Son. Father bitter on death of son; rejects loving daughter after business failure. They are reconciled.

Elizabeth Gaskell. British. 1848. Novel. Mary Barton. Inhumanities suffered by impoverished weavers of Manchester.

Anne Bronte. British. 1848. Novel. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Marriage destroyed by a dissipated husband.

Edgar Allan Poe. American. 1848. Essay. “Eureka.” Material, spiritual unity of the universe. Surprisingly contemporary.

Marx/Engels. German. 1848. Nonfiction. The Communist Manifesto. Pamphlet. Analyzes history as class conflict; envisions classless society without personal property.

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