Monday, October 5, 2009

1867: "When Lilacs Last...." to Das Kapital

Chronology of World, British and American Literature.

Walt Whitman. American. 1867. Poetry. “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed.” With the return of lilacs in the spring, mourns the death of Abraham Lincoln. Death is the “great, strong deliveress.”

Ivan Turgenev. Russian. 1867. Novel. Smoke. Love triangle with the message that Russia needs to turn West for civilization.

Matthew Arnold. British. 1867. Poetry. “Dover Beach.” Pessimism regarding the future of the modern world; urges personal fidelity as a substitute for ebbing faith.

Jorge Isaacs. Colombia. 1867. Novel. Maria. Romantic idyll; ill-starred love affair; life in Colombia’s Cauca Valley.

Karl Marx. German. 1867/94. Nonfiction. Das Kapital. Systematic critical study of capitalist economy.

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