Thursday, October 1, 2009

1865 - 1866: Rhoda Fleming to Letters from my Windmill.

Chronology of World, British and American Literature

George Meredith. British. 1865. Novel. Rhoda Fleming. Sister defends guilty sister who has been seduced and deserted.

Henrik Ibsen. Norwegian. 1866. Play. Rosmersholm. Rosmer’s lover Rebecca implies that she encouraged Rosmer’s insane wife to commit suicide. Rosmer and Rebecca, because of their past sins, can not live together so they both agree to commit suicide together.

Herman Melville. American. 1866. Poetry. Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War. 72 poems. Elegiac, not vengeful. Deplores human suffering. Does not celebrate the martial spirit.

George Eliot. British. 1866. Novel. Felix Holt the Radical. Ardent young man of strong social convictions lives among lower classes; accused of murder. Set against man who acts like a radical but isn’t. Esther must choose between them.

Alphonse Daudet. French. 1866. Stories. Letters from My Windmill. Depicts country life in Provence with skill and sympathy.

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