Friday, January 15, 2010

1908: The Man Who Was Thursday to Wind in the Willows

Chronology of World, British and American Literature

G.K. Chesterton. British. 1908. Novel. The Man Who Was Thursday. Allegory of anarchists, spies and detectives. Theme: the primacy and sanctity of order.

Arnold Bennett. British. 1908. Novel. The Old Wives’ Tale. Two sisters go separate ways; reunited in old age; sense of passing time. Sympathetic picture of ordinary women’s lives.

Anatole France. French. 1908. Novel. Penguin Island. Satire on French history; semi-blind monk baptizes penguins thinking they are people.

E.M. Forster. British. 1908. Novel. A Room with a View. Italy represents forces of true passion. Love between upper and lower classes.

Kenneth Grahame. British. 1908. Fantasy. The Wind in the Willows. Characters are Mole, Water Rat, Mr. Toad; portrait of English countryside.

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