Wednesday, November 4, 2009

1886: Kidnapped to The Bostonians.

Chronology of World, British and American Literature

Robert Louis Stevenson. British. 1886. Historical Novel. Kidnapped. Adventures of David Balfour and Alan Breck, a Jacobite, considered one of Stevenson’s most interesting characters.

Friedrich Nietzsche. German. 1886. Nonfiction. Beyond Good and Evil. Aphorisms. No human values are absolute. Value distinctions like good/evil are artificial and traditional.

Frances Hodgson Burnett. British/American. 1886. Children’s Story. Little Lord Fauntleroy. Disinherited for marrying an American, the father dies and his son goes to England where he wins the hearts of everyone.

Thomas Hardy. British. 1886. Novel. The Mayor of Casterbridge. Man sells wife and child while drunk. Swears off drinking. Tries unsuccessfully to find his family. Years later, he is mayor and retribution comes as his wife and child by a second husband return.

Henry James. American/British. 1886. Novel. The Bostonians Satirically portrays a strong-minded Boston feminist, representing a new generation of “do-gooders.”

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