Monday, March 15, 2010

1924: Juno and the Paycock to A Passage to India

Chronology of World, British and American Literature

Sean O’Casey. Irish. 1924. Play. Juno and the Paycock. Juno (reality) vs. the husband, the “paycock,” a vain, funny weakling who hides from reality behind a bottle.

Virginia Woolf. British. 1924. Essay. “Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown.” Attacks naturalistic novels. They disregard moment-by-moment workings of the human mind.

Edith Wharton. American. 1924. Four Novels. Old New York. Each novel deals with a decade from 1840-1880. False Dawn: Buys pictures far in advance of his time and is disinherited by his father. The Old Maid. Illegitimate girl raised without knowing her origin. The Spark. Elderly man comes under the influence of Walt Whitman. New Year’s Day. Wife sacrifices herself to obtain money for her sick husband and is scorned by society.

EM Forster. British. 1924. Novel. A Passage to India. Difficulties of friendship between the races in British-ruled India.

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