Wednesday, July 21, 2010

1947: The Plague to Under the Volcano.

Chronology of World, British and American Literature.

Albert Camus. French. 1947. Novel. The Plague. Overwhelmed and isolated from the rest of the world by bubonic plague, residents reveal their characters.

Tennessee Williams. American. 1947. Play. The Streetcar Named Desire. French Quarter of New Orleans. Streetcars named Desire and Cemetery run on the same track. Faded Southern belle’s pretensions annoy her brother-in-law, Stanley. He rapes her but with illusions still strong, she is taken to a mental institution.

Malcolm Lowry. British. 1947. Novel. Under the Volcano. Ex-British consul and alcoholic living in Mexico. Author explores gradual disintegration of a human being in despair.

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