Friday, October 23, 2009

1879 - 1880. The Brothers Karamazov to Nana.

Chronology of World, British and American Literature

Dostoevsky. Russian. 1879/80. Novel. The Brothers Karamazov. Who killed Fyodor Karamazov?

Tolstoy. Russian. 1879/81. Nonfiction A Confession. Account of a spiritual crisis; discontent with his life in civilized society . Living close to nature essential.

Lew Wallace. American. 1880. Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. Aristocratic Jew; false Roman friend, Messala. Galley slave; chariot race; converted to Christianity.

George W. Cable. American. 1880. Novel. The Grandissimes: A Story of Creole Life. New Orleans in the period of the Louisiana Purchase. Race, family feuds; struggle between the new order and the old.

Emile Zola. French. 1880. Novel. Nana. Product of a squalid environment becomes a prostitute; leads dissipated existence.

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