Thursday, January 14, 2010

1907: Mother to The Secret Agent

Chronology of World, British and American Literature.

Maksim Gorky. Russian. 1907. Novel. Mother. Marxist propaganda. Mother is regenerated as she involves herself in the revolutionary movement.

John Millington Synge. Irish. 1907. Play. The Playboy of the Western World. Son is lionized after he thinks he killed his bullying father. Feelings of townspeople reverse when he fights with him again. Fierce humor offended Irish patriots. “Playboy riots” at the Abbey Theatre.

Joseph Conrad. British. 1907. Novel. The Secret Agent. Persuades brother-in-law to blow up observatory. Blows himself up by accident. Wife kills agent, commits suicide. Anarchists.

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