Friday, September 10, 2010

1964: Dutchman to Weep Not, Child

Purpose of this blog: Brief summaries of World, British and American literary classics for English majors.

Amiri Baraka (Leroi Jones). American. 1964. Play. Dutchman. Subway car. Black man. Seductive white woman. Goads him to fury. Kills him. Another Black gets on and the same sequence follows.

John Osborne. British. 1964. Play. Inadmissible Evidence. Nightmarish descent to mental breakdown of a solicitor, deserted by everyone in his professional and private life.

Frank O’Hara. American. 1964. Poetry. Lunch Poems. Random excursions through New York City during lunch hour. Cityscape. Influenced by the action paintings of Jackson Pollock.

Ngugi Wa Thiong’o. Kenya. 1964. Novel. Weep Not, Child. Period before and during the Mau-Mau uprising in Kenya, 1952-1956. From point of view of youngest son whose dream of a better life is shattered by tragedies occasioned by the struggle for independence.

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