Literary Skies After 1800

  • Donald W. Olson
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The previous chapter investigated references to astronomical phenomena in the poems, tales, and plays of Omar Khayyam, Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare, and William Blake, with all of those literary works created prior to the year 1800. The three astronomical passages in this chapter come from more recent novels and poems. The examples range from the moonlight shining on Mary Shelley’s window, as she conceived of the idea for Frankenstein, and a spectacular meteor procession observed by Walt Whitman, to a meteor that dropped from the sky over James Joyce’s Dublin.


Meteor Procession Ground Track Meteor Shower Ghost Story Celestial Phenomenon 
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  • Donald W. Olson
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsTexas State UniversitySan MarcosUSA

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