Wednesday, July 2, 2008

1922. Literature (2)

The Hairy Ape. Eugene O'Neill. American. 1922. Play. Crude stoker disillusioned with his life when inspected by a society girl in the depths of the ship.

Jacob's Room. Virginia Woolf. British. 1922. Novel. Life and death of a promising young man from childhood through death in war. Describes his empty room.

Lady into Fox. David Garnett. British. 1922. Novel. Fantasy about man whose wife suddenly turns into a fox.

One of Ours. Willa Cather. American. 1922. Novel. Boy grows up on farm, goes to university, enters army, killed in France in WWI.

Rootabaga Stories. Carl Sandburg. American. 1922. Children's stories. Rich in language and cadences of folk song.

Siddhartha. Hermann Hesse. German. 1922. Novel. Search for ultimate reality through profligacy and asceticism. Wisdom cannot be taught; must come from one's own inner struggle. Parallels to Buddha's life, but not a fictionalized life of Buddha.

"Things." DH Lawrence. British. 1922. Story. Cynical account of two American idealists who devote their lives to art, beauty, Buddhism and European culture. Succeed only in collecting "things."

Les Thibaults. Roger Martin Du Gard. French. 1922/40. Novels. Brothers react as individuals to bourgeois environment. One leads simple, dutiful existence. The other rebels. Both killed in WWI.

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