Tuesday, March 2, 2010

1922: One of Ours to Les Thibaults

Chronology of World, British and American Literature

Willa Cather. American. 1922. Novel. One of Ours. Boy grows up on farm, goes to university, enters army, killed in France in WWI.

Carl Sandburg. American. 1922. Children’s Stories. Rootabaga Stories. Rich in language and cadences of folk song.

Hermann Hesse. German. 1922. Novel. Siddhartha. Search for ultimate reality through profligacy and asceticism. Wisdom cannot be taught; must come from one’s own inner struggle. Parallels to Buddha’s life, but not a fictionalized life of Buddha.

DH Lawrence. British. 1922. Story. “Things.” Cynical account of two American idealists who devote their lives to art, beauty, Buddhism and European culture. Succeed only in collecting “things.”

Roger Martin du Gard. French. 1922/40. Novels. Les Thibaults. Brothers react as individuals to bourgeois environment. One leads simple, dutiful existence. The other rebels. Both killed in WWI.

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