Wednesday, February 24, 2010

1921: Nets to Catch the Wind to The Triumph of the Egg

Chronology of World, British and American Literature

Elinor Wylie. American. 1921. Poetry. Nets to Catch the Wind. Contains her most characteristic verse: “Velvet Shoes”; “The Eagle and the Mole.”

Luigi Pirandello. Italian. 1921. Play. Six Characters in Search of an Author. Six characters say they are unused creations of author’s imagination. Demand that their stories be told.

John DosPassos. American. 1921. Novel. Three Soldiers. Three representative American soldiers. Musician joins army to become involved in righteous cause. Finds instead tyranny, aimlessness, red tape, and boredom. Deserts. Begins to write music. Captured and taken away. Sheets of unfinished compositions scattered and destroyed. Military is the real villain of the book.

Sherwood Anderson. American. 1921. Stories. The Triumph of the Egg. Quiet desperation of people unable to find in others release from inner loneliness. Search for innocence in a world already too complicated.

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