Friday, September 17, 2010

1969: Ada.... to Slaughterhouse Five....

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

Vladimir Nobokov. Russian/American. 1969. Novel. Ada; or Ardor: A Family Chronicle. Set in Amerussia. Memoirs. Incestuous love affair. Allusions and themes draw on literature, science fiction, art, etc.

John Berryman. American. 1969. Poetry. The Dream Songs. Monologues by persona of modern man. Intense reactions to death, love, fame, creative activity.

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. American. 1969. Novel. Slaughterhouse Five or the Children’s Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death. Survives Dresden mass bombing, kidnapped by aliens. Fourth dimension where time is eternal present. Back on earth, travels in time, past and future, and relives wartime horrors.

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