Friday, November 6, 2009

1888: We'll to the Woods No More to Plain Tales from the Hills

Chronology of World, British and American Literature

Edouard Dujardin. French. 1888. Novel. We’ll to the Woods No More. First example of an interior monologue and the stream of consciousness. Thoughts, impressions of Dan Prince as he walks the streets, meets friends, sits in a restaurant, rides in a carriage or visits an actress. Influenced by Wagner’s leitmotif, Browning’s monologues and the psychological monologues of Dostoevsky.

Emile Zola. French. 1888. Novel. The Soil. Deals with greed for land. Peasants are portrayed with merciless realism.

Henry James. American/British. 1888. Novel. The Aspern Papers. Narrator tries to gain possession of a collection of a famous poet’s papers held by the poet’s former mistress. When he can gain them at the expense of marrying her niece, he cannot pay that price.

Rudyard Kipling. British. 1888. Stories. Soldiers Three. Stories of Anglo-Indian life.

Rudyard Kipling. British. 1888. Stories. Plain Tales from the Hills. Stories of life in India.

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