Thursday, August 5, 2010

1952: A Prisoner of Grace to Waiting for Godot.

Chronology of World, British and American Literature

Joyce Cary. British. 1952. Novel. A Prisoner of Grace. Story of a dynamic liberal politician from the point of view of his wife who is under his spell.

Conrad Aiken. American. 1952. Autobiography. Ushant. Title is from an island off the coast of Brittany. Waking dream suggestive of psychoanalytic free association.

Samuel Beckett. Irish/French. 1952. Play. Waiting for Godot. Two tramps. Nothing happens. Trivial events and conversations. Meaninglessness of life. Pozzo, rich master, and Lucky, servant driven like an animal. Each depends on the other. Asserts human will to live in spite of everything.

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