Thursday, January 7, 2010

1904: The Cherry Orchard to Mont-Saint-Michel....

Chronology of World, British and American Literature.

Anton Chekhov. Russian. 1904. Play. The Cherry Orchard. Landowning family about to lose estate and beloved cherry orchard. They fail to see life realistically.

Henry James. American/British. 1904. Novel. The Golden Bowl. Daughter marries prince. Friend marries father. Friend had had affair with prince.

William Henry Hudson. British. 1904. Romance. Green Mansions. Romance of South American tropics. Jungle girl becomes human, but killed by savages.

George Bernard Shaw. British. 1904. Play. John Bull’s Other Island. i.e., Ireland. Two men represent England and Ireland. In the end, roles reversed.

Henry Adams. American. 1904. Nonfiction. Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres. Western man was unified by faith in the 13th century, a coherent world view.

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