Thursday, October 15, 2009

1873 - 1874: Around the World.... to "Merlin."

Chronology of World, British and American Literature

Jules Verne. French. 1873. Romance. Around the World in Eighty Days. Fogg wins bet, having circled the world in only 80 days, an incredible feat for its day.

Thomas Hardy. British. 1873. Novel. A Pair of Blue Eyes. Girl changes mind about eloping. Meets another. However, former affair destroys her life.

William Dean Howells. American. 1873. Novel. A Chance Acquaintance. Kitty falls for a Boston snob, realizes he is a snob and breaks the engagement.

Leo Tolstoy. Russian. 1873/76. Novel. Anna Karenina. Adulterous affair ending in suicide contrasted with a happy marriage between Levin and Kitty on the farm.

Ralph Waldo Emerson. American. 1874. Poetry. “Merlin.” Analyzes methods of the poet. Wait for inspiration, don’t merely devise form.

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