Thursday, October 8, 2009

1869 - 1870: "The Outcasts of Poker Flat" to "Plain Language from Truthful James."

Chronology of World, British and American Literature.

Bret Harte. American. 1869. “The Outcasts of Poker Flat.” Outcasts sacrifice themselves in a blizzard so that a young eloping couple may live.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti. British. 1869. Poetry. “The Ballad of the Dead Ladies.” Translation of a poem by medieval poet Francois Villon.

Anthony Trollope. British. 1869/80. Novels. The Parliamentary (Palliser) Novels. Novels about political life in England.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich. American. 1870. Novel. The Story of a Bad Boy. Semi-autobiographical; not bad, just human; youth in New Hampshire. Early years in New Orleans. Forerunner to Tom Sawyer.

Bret Harte. American. 1870. Poetry. “Plain Language from Truthful James.” Chinese card shark gets the better of “Truthful” and Bill Nye.

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