Chronology of World, British and American Literature
T.S. Eliot. American/British. 1939. Play. The Family Reunion. Family curse and disintegration.
James Joyce. Irish. 1939. Novel. Finnegans Wake. Language, allusions, rich connotations; relates obscure story to whole experience of mankind.
Bertolt Brecht. German. 1939. Play. The Good Woman of Setzuan. Only good person the gods are able to find is a prostitute Good person must be bad in order to survive.
John Steinbeck. American. 1939. Novel. The Grapes of Wrath. “Okie” families forced from homes in Oklahoma dust bowl, drive to California, harassed, beaten, unbowed.