Friday, January 8, 2010

1904: Nostromo to Jean Christophe

Chronology of World, British and American Literature

Joseph Conrad. British. 1904. Novel. Nostromo. Silver is the center of the novel; corrupts, destroys; reveals strengths, weaknesses of characters and ruling passions. “Incorruptible” Nostromo is corruptible.

Jack London. American. 1904. Novel. The Sea Wolf. Ruthless ship captain dominates and thwarts literary critic and poet who are in his power. Shipwreck. Deserted islands. Indomitable, angry, blind, paralyzed Wolf Larsen.

Romain Rolland. French. 1904/12. Ten Novels. Jean Christophe. Musician travels through France and Germany, observing and criticizing contemporary civilization.

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