Friday, October 9, 2009

1870: "Miriam" to "Sister Helen."

Chronology of World, British and American Literature.

John Greenleaf Whittier. American. 1870. Poetry. “Miriam.” Christian maiden and her Muslim lord.

Charles Dickens. British. 1870. Novel. The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Forced to marry Rosa Bud, Edwin Drood and she agree that they can never love each other and break off the engagement. He disappears. She is pursued by someone she is terrified of. A stranger appears and frustrates the pursuer’s efforts. Dickens didn’t finish. Was Edwin Drood the stranger? We’ll never know.

Jules Verne. French. 1870. Romance. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. Predicts the invention of deep-sea submarines. Megalomaniacal Captain Nemo.

Dostoevsky. Russian. 1870. Novel. The Eternal Husband. Psychological study of relations between a cuckolded husband and his wife’s ex-lover.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti. British 1870. Poetry. “Sister Helen.” Young woman destroys false lover by melting waxen image of him.

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