Tuesday, February 23, 2010

1921: Alice Adams to "Miss Thompson."

Chronology of World, British and American Literature.

Booth Tarkington. American. 1921. Novel. Alice Adams. Disintegration of middle-class Adams family in small Midwestern town. Romantic daughter is disillusioned.

George Bernard Shaw. British. 1921. Play. Back to Methuselah. Civilization to AD 31,920 in which man becomes wholly intellect through will, not science.

Aldous Huxley. British. 1921. Novel. Crome Yellow. Satire of intellectual pretensions. Banal verse of ineffectual poet.

Franz Werfel. German. 1921. Play. Goat Song. Frenzy of group of peasants; worship monster. Woman bears its child. Chaotic potential in man.

W. Somerset Maugham. British. 1921. Story. “Miss Thompson.” Repressed reverend converts, then seduces tart; he commits suicide.

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