Wednesday, April 14, 2010

1929: All Quiet on the Western Front to Dona Barbara

Chronology of World, British and American Literature

Erich Maria Remarque. German. 1929. Novel. All Quiet on the Western Front. Best known of anti-war literature, 1920-1939. Horror and futility of war.

Rafael Alberti. Spanish. 1929. Poetry. Concerning the Angels. Expresses sense of loss and danger, conflict with unknown adversaries; cosmic anguish. Perspective is patient and psychiatrist.

Robinson Jeffers. American. 1929. Poetry. Dear Judas and Other Poems. Attempts to rehabilitate the reputation of Judas. Finds Christ too fond of power. Reason for betrayal.

Romulo Gallegos. Venezuela. 1929. Novel. Doña Barbara. Symbolizes barbarism. Venezuela. Bends men to her will. Resemblance to real ruler? Author was exiled.

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