Thursday, November 5, 2009

1886 - 1888: "The Death of Ivan Ilyich" to Miss Julie.

Chronology of World, British and American Literature

Leo Tolstoy. Russian. 1886. Story. “The Death of Ivan Ilyich.” Thoughts on life, death by a dying man. Accepts death as part of the natural order of things.

Hugh Lofting. British/American. 1886/87. Children’s Literature. Dr. Doolittle. Kindly, resourceful doctor. First man to learn the languages of the animals.

August Strindberg. Swedish. 1887. Play. The Father. Psychological antagonism between men and women. Females of the family dominate the captain, driving him mad and to his death.

Arthur Conan Doyle. British. 1887/1927. Detective Stories. Sherlock Holmes. Brilliant, eccentric detective; analytic; master of the violin and obscure sciences. Also has a cocaine habit.

August Strindberg. Swedish. 1888. Play. Miss Julie. Love-hate relationship of men and women. Julie is brought up to hate men. She seduces the footman, which creates conflicts in her and she commits suicide.

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