Chronology of World, British and American Literature
Dante Gabriel Rossetti. British. 1850. Poetry. “The Blessed Damosel.” Longing of lover in heaven for her lover on earth.
Nathaniel Hawthorne. American. 1850. Novel. The Scarlet Letter. Theme: All men are guilty of secret sin; invasion of another’s soul is the unpardonable sin.
Herman Melville. American. 1851. Novel. Moby-Dick, or The Whale. The whale hunted by Ahab at the cost of his dehumanization and sacrifice of his crew. Does the whale = knowledge of reality? Symbolic study of good and evil? Too complex for one definition.
Nathaniel Hawthorne. American. 1851. Novel. The House of the Seven Gables. Curse affects generations of family. Weight of past guilt. Unpardonable sin: violate another’s soul.
George Borrow. British. 1851. Novel. Lavengro: The Scholar, Gypsy, Priest. Philologist wanders with a family of gypsies.