Tuesday, February 9, 2010

1917: Fortunes of Richard Mahoney to Son of the Middle Border.

Chronology of World, British and American Literature

Henry Handel Richardson. Australian. 1917. Novel. Fortunes of Richard Mahoney. 19th-century misfit. Australia. Mahoney fits in nowhere and dies insane.

Paul Valery. French. 1917. Poetry. La Jeune Porque. Dramatic monologue. Female fearful and fascinated by desire awakening in her.

T.S. Eliot. American/British. 1917. Poetry. Portrait of a Lady. Lack of communication between woman, man trapped by conventions of dying social order. Conscious of isolation but can’t escape it. Her life is determined by empty forms devitalized by social rituals. He seeks solace in humdrum habits and conventions.

Joseph Conrad. British. 1917. Novel. The Shadow Line. Captain matures as he takes sailing ship through a difficult calm.

Hamlin Garland. American. 1917. Autobiography. A Son of the Middle Border. Boyhood in the Middle West. Grandeur of the prairie. Bleakness, hardship of farm life: fruitless quest from frontier to frontier.

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