Thursday, July 29, 2010

1950: The Bald Soprano to The Third Man

Chronology of World, British and American Literature
Eugene lonesco. Italian. 1950. Play. The Bald Soprano. Characters without identity repeat empty gestures and banal commonplaces in a parody of existence.
RHS Grossman, ed. American. 1950. Essays. The God That Failed. Essays written by persons attracted to Communism in the 1930s but were later disillusioned.

Octavio Paz. Mexico. 1950. Essay. "The Labyrinth of Solitude." Penetrating essay on Mexican history. The true Mexican is obscured by masks, hiding solitude.
Charles Olson. American. 1950. Essay. "Projective Verse." Poet rejected closed traditional forms of poetry. Poet writes, not knowing the form it will take. Projective: combination of projectile, percussive, prospective. Principles of the "Black Mountain Poets."

Graham Greene. British. 1950. Novel. The Third Man. Love and intrigue in Cold War Vienna.

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