Wednesday, April 21, 2010

1930: The 42nd Parallel to Ash Wednesday

Chronology of World, British and American Literature

John Dos Passos. American. 1930. Novel. The 42nd Parallel. One of a trilogy. U.S. on the eve of WWI. Newsreel and camera eye devices. Episodes from lives of characters.

JB Priestley. British. 1930. Novel Angel Pavement. Story of a small businessman and grasping capitalist; set in London.

Wyndham Lewis. British. 1930. Novel. The Apes of God. Epic satire on rich Bohemian artistic coteries; reflected the social decay of the period. Sitwell, Stein, Woolf were among his targets.

William Faulkner. American. 1930. Novel. As I Lay Dying. 60 sections. Each narrator tells of relationship with Addie Bundren. Ordeals of returning the body to Mississippi for burial.

T.S. Eliot. American/British. 1930. Poetry. Ash Wednesday. Celebrates peace found in orthodox Christianity. Approach to mystical communion with God.

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