Friday, March 26, 2010

1926: If It Die.... to Red Cavalry

Chronology of World, British and American Literature

Andre Gide. French. 1926. Autobiography. If It Die…. Trips to North Africa. Confession of homosexuality. Issue normally avoided.

Thomas Beer. American. 1926. Nonfiction. The Mauve Decade. American literary and social scene of the 1890s. Pink turning to purple.

Carl Van Vechten. American. 1926. Novel. Nigger Heaven. One of the first novels about black life in Harlem. Jazz era. Written by a white. Understanding of black suffering and aspiration.

D.H. Lawrence. British. 1926. The Plumed Serpent. Vivid evocation of Mexico and ancient Aztec religion revived in modern Mexico. Female Irish visitor to Mexico passively submits to male domination.

Isaak Babel. Russian. 1926. Stories. Red Cavalry. Based on the Soviet author’s experiences with his cavalry regiment during the civil war in Russia.

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