Monday, February 15, 2010

1919: Demian to "The Pastoral Symphony."

Chronology of World, British and American Literature.

Hermann Hesse. German. 1919. Novel. Demian. Bildungsroman. Demian a visionary. Protagonist, Sinclair, seeks wisdom from him. Poignant statement of the terrors and torments of adolescence.

Joseph Hergesheimer. American. 1919. Novel. Java Head. China trade. Home of Salem retired captain. His Chinese wife commits suicide to escape a lustful neighbor.

W. Somerset Maugham. British. 1919. Novel. The Moon and Sixpence. Conventional London stockbroker deserts wife, family and business to become a painter. Based on the life of Gauguin.

Andre Gide. French. 1919. Tale. “The Pastoral Symphony.” Pastor adopts blind girl and seduces her. Her sight restored, she commits suicide.

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