Tuesday, December 1, 2009

1898: "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky" to "The Ballad of Reading Gaol."

Chronology of World, British and American Literature.

Stephen Crane. American. 1898. Story. “The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky.” Gunfighter faces a sheriff who has no gun. Realizes that the old days are over.

H.G. Wells. British. 1898. SciFi. The War of the Worlds. Invasion of England by Martians. Radio dramatization caused panic in 1938 in the U.S.

Gabriele D’Annunzio. Italian. 1898. Play. La Gioconda. Models for brilliant sculptor. He leaves his wife for her, believing that she is the real inspiration for his art.

Emile Zola. French. 1898. Letter. “J’accuse” (“I Accuse”). Open letter to the president of France denouncing the Dreyfus affair.

Oscar Wilde. British. 1898. Poetry. “The Ballad of Reading Gaol.” Story of a man condemned to die, based on the author’s experiences in prison.

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