Tuesday, July 29, 2008

1925 Literature (2)

The Hollow Men. TS Eliot. American/British. 1925. Poetry. Eliot's view of the spiritual emptiness and doom of the 20th century.

In the American Grain. William Carlos Williams. American. 1925. Essays. Historical figures speak for themselves; history is the outcome of individual confrontations with the continent.

The Informer. Liam O'Flaherty. Irish. 1925. Novel. Last day of an Irish revolutionary who turned his comrade into the police for 20 pounds.

The Making of Americans. Gertrude Stein. American. 1925. Novel. History of three generations of the author's family. Ignores the conventional fictional devices of dialogue, plot and action.

Manhattan Transfer. John Dos Passos. American. 1925. Novel. NYC during the 1920s; panoramic impression of the swarming metropolis is frustration, defeat.

Mrs. Dalloway. Virginia Woolf. British. 1925. Novel. One day in the life of.... She and Septimus never meet but they are alike in their emotionally bankrupt lives. He commits suicide. Lives connected by external events: airplane and passing bus. Stream of consciousness.

Porgy. Dubose Heyward. American. 1925. Novel. Charleston, S.C. Crippled beggar becomes involved in a murder.

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