The History of the Nuclear Age


The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
The Romantic Period
The Victorian Period
The Post-Victorian Period
The Pre-Atomic Period
The Nuclear Age

The mood and temperament of the Nuclear Age was influenced by the threats of nuclear annihilation and global warning. After 1945, the lingering totalitarianism of Fascism was replaced by the ideology of Communism. Eventually, this new threat formed the “Iron Curtain” which insulated many Eastern European countries. After the end of the Berlin Crisis, numerous military actions and regional wars occurred which threatened World War III. However, sanity prevailed. Today, the world faces the threat of terrorism which arose on 9/11.

Other underlying concepts that describe what motivated contemporary writers were mass communication and computerization. In 1991, the world had both the World Wide Web and the Internet and Marshall McLuhan’s message about the power of the Media during the1960’s and the 1970’s depicted the world as a global village. The media made the world so small that information could travel around the world in a matter of seconds. These new search engines made information accessible to writers and authors.

The Nuclear Age presented a special problem of listing the "Classics." It has to do with selection - how novels qualify as "Classics". The word "Classic" presupposes endurance - a novel has endured for a minimum of fifty to a hundred years and should be ranked among the greats in literature. Without a crystal ball, one needs some sort of criteria to make an objective determination. The criteria I chose are the prestigious awards of Nobel Prize in Literature and the Pulitzer Prize in Literature.

The Nuclear Age presented a special problem of listing the "Classics." It has to do with selection - how novels qualify as "Classics". The word "Classic" presupposes endurance - a novel has endured for a minimum of fifty to a hundred years and should be ranked among the greats in literature. Without a crystal ball, one needs some sort of criteria to make an objective determination. The criteria I chose are the prestigious awards of Nobel Prize in Literature and the Pulitzer Prize in Literature.

Bibliography

        Becjiffm, Samuel Phd., Monarch College Outlines: English Literature I (450 - 1798 A.D.). New York: Simon and Schuster, 1971.S

        Becjiffm, Samuel Phd., Monarch College Outlines: English Literature II (1798 - Present). New York: Simon and Schuster, 1971.