Monday, January 25, 2010

1912: Campos de Castilla to Trent's Last Case.

Chronology of World, British and American Literature

Antonio Machado. Spanish. 1912. Poetry. Campos de Castilla. Poet’s soul in response to the geography of the Castillan landscape around him.

Theodore Dreiser. American. 1912. Novel. The Financier. First of a trilogy. Ups and downs of a typical industrial and financial magnate of the late 19th century.

Arthur Schnitzler. German. 1912. Play. Professor Bernhardi. To prevent young girl from learning of her impending death, Jewish doctor prevents a priest from administering Extreme Unction.

Joseph Conrad. British. 1912. Story. “The Secret Sharer.” Captain takes on board and hides a murderer who is his physical and psychological double.

Paul Claudel. French. 1912. Verse Drama. The Tidings Brought to Mary. Spiritual devotion vs. human life and love. Sympathetic kiss leads to leprosy and life of recluse. Recluse’s fiancé marries her sister. Their baby dies. Asks recluse to hold and kiss the baby who is brought to life, but with the eyes of the recluse. Her sister returns and kills the recluse.

E.C. Bentley. British. 1912. Novel. Trent’s Last Case. Classic detective novel. Trent is an English painter, poetry lover and amateur detective. Uncovers three different plausible solutions to a murder.

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