VIII. Modern (1850-present)

Events

Hymen by Hilda Doolitle

1921

The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot

1922
  • Widely regarded as one of the most important poems of the 20th century
  • Central work of modernist poetry

The Hollow Men by T.S. Eliot

1925
  • Concerned most with post-World War I Europe

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzergald

1925
  • Explores themes of decadence, idealism, resistance to change, social upheaval, and excess

The Tower by William Yeats

1928

Nausea by Paul Sartre

1938
  • Concerns a dejected historian, who becomes convinced that inanimate objects and situations encroach on his ability to define himself

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

1953
  • A play that emphasizes Absurdism and explores themes in Existential philosophy