Wednesday, February 17, 2010

1920: "A Dill Pickle" to "Dulce et Decorum Est."

Chronology of World, British and American Literature.

Katherine Mansfield. New Zealand. 1920. Story. “A Dill Pickle.” Reunited lovers. At first charmed, she is reminded of his faults and leaves him again. Pickle symbolizes the experience.

Edith Wharton. American. 1920. Novel. Age of Innocence. Satirical picture of social life in New York during the 1870s. “Tribal code” keeps lovers apart.

Eugene O’Neill. American. 1920. Play. Beyond the Horizon. Adventurous and prosaic brothers reverse attitudes toward life.

Katherine Mansfield. New Zealand. 1920. Stories. Bliss. Title story: perfect life for a young wife. Then she discovers that her husband has been unfaithful.

Wilfred Owen. British 1920. Poetry. “Dulce et Decorum Est.” Ironic condemnation of war. Soldiers choking from mustard gas. It is not “sweet and fitting to die for one’s country.”

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