Thursday, October 29, 2009

1883: The Story of an African Farm to Thus Spake Zarathustra

Chronology of World, British and American Literature

Olive Schreiner. South Africa. 1883. Novel. The Story of an African Farm. Boer farm in South Africa in late 19th century. Three childhood playmates. One grows into a beauty who destroys the life of the others as well as her own.

Mark Twain. American. 1883. Autobiography. Life on the Mississippi. Apprenticeship as a river pilot. Return to the River in 1882 with conditions changed. Heroic steamboat era.

Robert Louis Stevenson. British. 1883. Novel. Treasure Island. Crew prevents a mutiny, finds a treasure with the help of Ben Gunn, a marooned sailor.

Carlo Lorenzini Collodi. Italian. 1883. Story. “Pinocchio.” Escapades serve to teach the puppet-come-to-life and his readers right from wrong.

Friedrich Nietzsche. German. 1883/92. Philosophy. Thus Spake Zarathustra. Persian philosopher used as a mouthpiece for the author. Doctrine of Ubermensch. Each should achieve individual goals which will add up to a universal goal/achievement.

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