The Lost Generation

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I am very drawn to The Lost Generation literary moment. One reason is my father was born in 1931. I remember growing up hearing the stories my family would tell about what life was like then. I also loved looking at old family photographs from that time period. Some of my favorite stories were of the prohibition, and my grandfather boot legging during that time in the northern woods of Wisconsin.

The Lost Generation was from the time period of the 1920’s and 30’s. These were American writers who were living and writing in Paris immediately after World War I (American Novel). The term “The Lost Generation” came from Gertrude Stein. A garage mechanic was reported to have said to Ms Stein , "You are all a lost generation." Later on Ms Stein was having a conversation with Ernest Hemingway where she repeated this phase to him. Hemingway then used it as an epigraph for his first novel, The Sun Also Rises (Lost Generation). This phrase came to represent a disillusioned postwar generation who were losing their values. They also had lost belief in the idea of human progress (American Novel). The term usually refers to the American writers associated that wrote in the 1920’s in Paris. The main writers associated with this movement are Hemingway and Fitzgerald, some other writers of the time included. T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound (American Novel). The authors that produced some of the greatest dramatists in the United States where, Branch Cabell, Henry Miller, and Eugene O'Neill. Other authors that wrote about comedy and social reform plays, and historical tragedies were Maxwell Anderson, Philip Barry, Elmer Rice, S. N. Behrman, Marc Connelly, Lillian Hellman, Clifford Odets, and Thornton Wilder. Arthur Miller, William Inge, and Tennessee ...

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