Thursday, September 24, 2009

1862: House of the Dead to Fathers and Sons

Chronology of World, British and American Literature

Dostoevsky. Russian. 1861/62. Novel. Nonfiction. The House of the Dead. Life in the Siberian prison. Based on Dostoevsky’s personal experience.

Victor Hugo. French. 1862. Novel. Les Miserables. Peasant steals loaf of bread, escapes from prison, becomes respected citizen fearful of being caught. Battle of Waterloo and flight through the Paris sewers are famous scenes.

George Meredith. British. 1862. Poetry. Modern Love. 50 poems. 16 lines each. Thoughts of married couple who perceive that their love is dying.

Julia Ward Howe. American. 1862. Song. “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” New words for popular Union Army song, “John Brown’s Body.”

Ivan Turgenev. Russian. 1862. Novel. Fathers and Sons. Portrays conflicts between older aristocratic generation, new democratic intelligentsia. Russia in the 1860s.

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