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Top 10 Lost Generation


The "Lost Generation" of American writers included: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos, Sherwood Anderson, Kay Boyle, Hart Crane, Ford Maddox Ford and Zelda Fitzgerald. The term was first used by Gertrude Stein who told Hemingway, "you are all a lost generation."

1. Sylvia Beach and the Lost Generation

by Noel Riley Fitch. W. W. Norton, & Company. From the publisher: The story of Sylvia Beach's love for Shakespeare and Company supplies the lifeblood of this book. 'An absorbing book, backed by an impressive amount of research."

2. Hemingway vs. Fitzgerald: The Rise and Fall of a Literary Friendship

by Scott Donaldson. Overlook Press. From the publisher: "With a dazzling cast of characters that includes legendary Scribner's editor Maxwell Perkins, socialites Gerald and Sara Murphy, Zelda Fitzgerald, Hadley Hemingway, and writers Gertrude Stein, Morley Callaghan and Edmund Wilson, Scott Donaldson recounts the glory and pain of the great literary friendship of our time."

3. American Expatriate Writing and the Paris Moment: Modernism and Place

by Donald Pizer. Louisiana State University Press. From the publisher: "As Pizer demonstrates, Paris between the two world wars was for the American expatriates more than a geographical entity. It was a state of mind, an experience that engendered the formal expression of a personal aesthetic."

4. Imagining Paris: Exile, Writing, and American Identity

by J. Gerald Kennedy. Yale University Press. From the publisher: "In this highly readable book, J. Gerald Kennedy explores the imaginative process of five expatriate Americans-Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, Henry Miller, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Djuna Barnes-by showing how the experience of living in Paris shaped their careers and literary works."
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5. Exile's Return: A Literary Odyssey of the 1920s

by Malcolm Cowley, and Donald W. Faulkner (Editor). Penguin. From the publisher: "The adventures and attitudes shared by the American writers dubbed 'The Lost Generation' are brought to life here by one of the group's most notable members. Feeling alienated in the America of the 1920s, Fitzgerald, Crane, Hemingway, Wilder, Dos Passos, Crowley, and many other writers 'escaped' to Europe..."

6. Charmed Circle: Gertrude Stein and Company

by James R. Mellow. Henry Holt & Company. From the publisher: "In 'Charmed Circle,' James R. Mellow has re-created this fascinating world and the complex woman who dominated it... Rich with detail and insight, it conveys both the serene rhythms of daily life with her devoted partner, Alice B. Toklas, and the radical pulse and dramatic upheavals of her exciting era."

7. French Connections: Hemingway and Fitzgerald Abroad

by J. Gerald Kennedy (Editor), and Jackson R. Bryer. St. Martin's Press. From the publisher: "Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald met in 1925, two weeks after the publication of The Great Gatsby, in the Dingo Bar in Paris. From that night on they maintained a complicated friendship born of mutual admiration, envy, and implicit rivalry."

8. Everybody Was So Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy, A Lost Generation Love

by Amanda Vaill. Houghton Mifflin. From the publisher: "Sara Murphy, an enigmatic beauty who wore her pearls to the beach, enthralled and inspired Pablo Picasso (he painted her both clothed and nude), Ernest Hemingway, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. The models for Nicole and Dick Diver in Fitzgerald's Tender Is the Night, the Murphys also counted among their friends John Dos Passos, Dorothy Parker..."
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9. Americans in Paris, 1900-1930: A Selected, Annotated Bibliography

by William G. Bailey. Greenwood Publishing Group. From the publisher: "Contents are arranged in eight broad topical groups, like 'Writers and Their Crowds,' with author and subject indexes... Scholars of English and French literatures, American and French history, and 20th-century fine arts will find relevant materials here."

10. Letters from the Lost Generation: Gerald and Sara Murphy and Friends

by Gerald Murphy, Sara Murphy, Linda Patterson Miller (Editor). University Press of Florida. These letters link the writers to important figures like F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Archibald MacLeish, John Dos Passos, Ernest Hemingway, and Dorothy Parker.
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