Monday, September 21, 2009

1860: The Storm to The Marble Faun

Chronology of World, British and American Literature

Aleksandr Ostrovsky. Russian. 1860. Play. The Storm. Tragedy of young wife trying to break out of stifling atmosphere of her life. Dull, merchant-class milieu; love affair; confesses; hounded; suicide.

George Eliot. British. 1860. Novel. The Mill on the Floss. Brother intrudes on his sister’s life and lovers; they both drown in a flood on the Floss.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. American. 1860. Poetry. “The Children’s Hour.” Devoted to his three daughters by first wife, Mary Potter.

Ivan Turgenev. Russian. 1860. Novel. On the Eve. Heroine finds fulfillment in fighting for social justice with her radical husband.

Nathaniel Hawthorne. American. 1860. Novel. The Marble Faun. Naively joyous male commits crime and matures into a true human. Fortunate fall. Setting is Rome.

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