Chronology of World, British and American Literature
Mark Twain. American. 1889. Novel. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. Blow sends Yankee back to the days of King Arthur. His Yankee ingenuity and “know-how" vs. medieval superstition.
Anton Chekhov. Russian. 1889. Story. “A Dreary Story.” Difficulty of real communication between people. Professor and his ward see life as fragmented, aimless and worthless. Despair. They fail to communicate to each other and remain isolated.
Rudyard Kipling. British. 1889. Story. “The Man Who Would Be King.” Man sets himself as god/king. He is betrayed, tortured and killed.
Alfred Tennyson. British. 1889. Poetry. “Crossing the Bar.” Metaphor for death: putting out to sea on a calm evening.