Tuesday, March 23, 2010

1925: Making of Americans to Porgy

Chronology of World, British and American Literature.

Gertrude Stein. American. 1925. Novel. The Making of Americans. History of three generations of the author’s family. Ignores the conventional fictional devices of dialogue, plot and action.

John Dos Passos. American. 1925. Novel. Manhattan Transfer. New York City during the 1920s; panoramic impression of the swarming metropolis is frustration, defeat.

Virginia Woolf. British. 1925. Novel. Mrs. Dalloway. One day in the life of…. She and Septimus never meet but they are alike in their emotionally bankrupt lives. He commits suicide. Lives connected by external events: airplane and passing bus. Stream of consciousness.

Dubose Heyward. American. 1925. Novel. Porgy. Charleston, S.C. Crippled beggar becomes involved in a murder.

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