Monday, August 9, 2010

1953: The Adventures of Augie March to The Unnamable.

Chronology of World, British and American Literature

Saul Bellow. American. 1953. Novel. The Adventures of Augie March. Refuses to accept defining role in life. Lower-class Jewish environment. Depression era.

Arthur Miller. American. 1953. Play. The Crucible. Salem witchcraft trials parallel the McCarthyism in America in the early 50s.

LP Hartley. British. 1953. Novel. The Go-Between. Love triangle observed by uncomprehending 13-year-old schoolboy who carries messages between adults.

Jean Anouilh. French. 1953. Play. The Lark About Joan of Arc.

Samuel Beckett. Irish/French. 1953. Novel. The Unnamable. Stream of consciousness, most immobilized of Beckett’s characters. Lives legless and armless in a large jar outside a restaurant. Part of a trilogy.

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