Tuesday, July 15, 2008

1924 Literature (1)

All God's Chillun Got Wings. Eugene O'Neill. American. 1924. Play. White woman marries black struggling to become lawyer. Tragic results of her mental inferiority.

Beau Geste. P.C. Wren. British. 1924. Novel. Life in the French Foreign Legion.

Desire Under the Elms. Eugene O'Neill. American. 1924. Play. Based on the Phaedra-Hippolytus story. Father's young wife seduces his youngest son.

The Green Bay Tree. Louis Bromfield. American. 1924. Novel. Lily begins her life in a Midwestern industrial town; goes to Paris to bear her illegitimate child.

The Green Hat. Michael Arlen. British. 1924. Novel. Captures the licentious, disillusioned spirit of the time. Sexual license among the wealthy.

How To Write Short Stories (with Samples). Ring Lardner. American. 1924. Stories. "Art" of writing short stories. Examples are Lardner classics, "Alibi Ike," etc.

In Our Time. Ernest Hemingway. American. 1924. Stories. Nick Adams. Development of young Nick Adams who bears resemblance to Hemingway.

Juno and the Paycock. Sean O'Casey. Irish. 1924. Play. Juno (reality) vs. the husband, the "paycock," a vain, funny weakling who hides from reality behind a bottle.

"Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown." Virginia Woolf. British. 1924. Essay. Attacks naturalistic novels. They disregard moment-by-moment workings of the human mind.

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