Wednesday, September 23, 2009

1861: East Lynne to The Cloister and the Hearth

Chronology of World, British and American Literature

Mrs. Henry Wood. British. 1861. Novel. East Lynne. Lady runs off with another man. She returns, disguised, to care for her children. She becomes reconciled with her husband.

Longfellow. American. 1861. Poetry. “Paul Revere’s Ride.” Midnight ride to spread the news of a British raid.

Dostoevsky. Russian. 1861. Novel. The Insulted and Injured. Purifying function of suffering. Dostoevsky’s first full-length novel. Melodramatic. Verbal duels with cynical prince.

James Ryder Randall. American. 1861. Song. “Maryland, My Maryland.” Sung to “O Tannenbaum.” A favorite battle song of Confederate soldiers.

Charles Reade. British. 1861. Historical Novel. The Cloister and the Hearth. Uses historical characters. Erasmus as a child. The tragically thwarted love of his parents.

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