Chronology of World, British and American Literature
Theodore Dreiser. American. 1915. Novel. The ‘Genius.’ Midwestern artist. Many love affairs. Success. Marries. Wife dies in childbirth. Breakdown. Recovery.
Robert Frost. American. 1915. Poem. “The Road Not Taken.” Narrator at fork in road decides on road less traveled.
Ford Maddox Ford. British. 1915. Novel. The Good Soldier. Learns his wife is the mistress of his best friend, a “good soldier.” Conventional appearances vs. bitter truth.
TS Eliot. American/British. 1915. Poem. The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. Paralyzed by social habit, sense of futility; can’t escape; identified with his surroundings. Explores death in life. Suggests spiritual decay in society. Sterility of the world. Longs to make a significant gesture. Lacks resources. Puts off in introspection. Ends on a note of hopelessness.
Franz Kafka. German. 1915. Story. “The Metamorphosis.” Man awakens one morning to find himself changed into a huge insect; effects on his life; death.