The Lost Generation


1920 F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story “Bernice Bobs Her Hair” looks at the tension between traditional feminine values and the liberation of the Jazz Age, themes the author revives in The Great Gatsby.

1922 T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land prefigures Lost Generation writing in its exploration of the disintegration of culture—including empty sex and loss of spiritual meaning.


1926 Ernest Hemingway, in The Sun Also Rises, delves into the themes of love, death, and masculinity.

1930–36 John Dos Passos explores the American Dream with the stories of 12 characters in his U.S.A. trilogy.

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