Chronology of World, British and American Literature
Sidney Lanier. American. 1878. Poem. “The Marshes of Glynn.” Reconciles the techniques of music and poetry. Sea marshes of
Henry James. American/British. 1878. Novel. The Europeans. Visit of European artist and Baroness sister to
Henrik Ibsen. Norwegian. 1879. Play. A Doll’s House. Nora sheltered, petted by her father, then by her husband. Seeks to go out on her own to become a full human being.
George Meredith. British. 1879. Novel. The Egoist. Sir Willoughby has it all except humility and a sense of humor. His visiting lover wants out. Romantic mixups.
Gottfried Keller. German. 1879/80. Novel. Green Henry. Bildungsroman. Hasn’t talent to be a painter. Neglects his mother. She dies and he feels guilt (Version 1). Version 2: Mother dies. Henry adjusts himself to a life of civic service as a government official.