Chronology of World, British and American Literature
William Saroyan. American. 1939. Play. The Time of Your Life. Waterfront Saloon. Theme: Need to make the most of life. Compassionate to weak; oppose enemies of life; lovable eccentrics.
Jean-Paul Sartre. French. 1939. Stories. The Wall. Title story: Awaiting execution, is promised release if he tells where leader is hiding. Lies. Unfortunately, the leader has moved to that spot and is captured.
Thomas Wolfe. American. 1939. Novel. The Web and the Rock. Entranced, then disillusioned by New York City, escapes to Europe to older culture. Seeks stability he could not find in the American city.”