Friday, March 5, 2010

1923: A Lost Lady to The Prophet

Chronology of World, British and American Literature

Willa Cather. American. 1923. Novel. A Lost Lady. Frontier woman moves from her husband to a lover, then disappears; rumored to be the wife of a wealthy Englishman in South America. She is seen through the eyes of an adoring young boy.

Wallace Stevens. American. 1923. Poetry. “Le Monocle de Mon Oncle.” Affirmation of the imagination of middle age vs. the invalid fancy of youth.

Wallace Stevens. American. 1923. Poetry. “Peter Quince at the Clavier.” Recalls part of the biblical story of Susanna and the Elders: “beauty is momentary in the mind, but in the flesh it is immortal.”

Kahlil Gibran. Syrian. 1923. Prose and Poetry. The Prophet. Presents the elements of Gibran’s mystical faith.

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