Tuesday, July 27, 2010

1949: Nineteen Eighty-Four to The Heat of the Day

Chronology of World, British and American Literature.
George Orwell. British. 1949. Novel. 1984. Society of the future. No place for truth. Historical records destroyed. Propaganda replaces information. Thought and love punished. Big Brother is Stalin.
TS Eliot. American/British. 1949. Verse Drama. The Cocktail Party. Contemporary drawing-room comedy, but also profound religious work dealing with redemption.
Arthur Miller. American. 1949. Play. Death of a Salesman. Indictment of American values. Traveling salesman experiences profound sense of failure. Suicide.

Elizabeth Bowen. British. 1949. Novel. The Heat of the Day. London, WWII. Espionage, counter­espionage, suicide and emotions of people involved.

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