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    The Beautiful and Damned and Other Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Beautiful and Damned explores the world of America's upper class during World War I and the beginning of the Jazz Age. Loosely based on Fitzgerald's relationship with his wife, Zelda, the novel centers around Anthony Patch, a young East Coast socialite who is heir to his grandfather's fortune and lacks motivation to pursue a meaningful career.

Year: 1922
Genre: Literature

    The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The story of the mysteriously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when "gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession," it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.

Year: 1925
Genre: Literature

    The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the novel introduces two of Hemingway's most unforgettable characters: Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley. The story follows the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates.

Year: 1926
Genre: Bull Fighting

    The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

The Sound and the Fury is the tragedy of the Compson family, featuring some of the most memorable characters in literature: beautiful, rebellious Caddy; the manchild Benjy; haunted, neurotic Quentin; Jason, the brutal cynic; and Dilsey, their black servant. Their lives fragmented and harrowed by history and legacy, the character's voices and actions mesh to create what is arguably Faulkner's masterpiece and one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century.

Year: 1929
Genre: Family DramaSouthern Gothic

    As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

At the heart of this 1930 novel is the Bundren family's bizarre journey to Jefferson to bury Addie, their wife and mother. Faulkner lets each family member -- including Addie -- and others along the way tell their private responses to Addie's life.

Year: 1930
Genre: Family DramaSouthern Gothic

    Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck

Defying all social conventions and expectations, Steinbeck's gallery of knights thrive on the love- and the fights--that inevitably accompany a glorious night of drinking wine. They suffer the temptations of greed and lust, stand firm in their loyalty to one another, and, finally, come to understand the power of goodness and courage.

Year: 1935
Genre: Literature

    Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury's moving recollection of a vanished golden era remains one of his most enchanting novels. Dandelion Wine stands out in the Bradbury literary canon as the author's most deeply personal work, a semi-autobiographical recollection of a magical small-town summer in 1928.

Year: 1957
Genre: Fantasy

    A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway's "A Moveable Feast" captures what it meant to be young and poor and writing in Paris during the 1920s. Hemingway arrived in Paris in 1921, three years after the trauma of the Great War. Braque and Picasso were experimenting with cubist form; James Joyce, long living in self-imposed exile from his native Dublin, had just completed "Ulysses; " Gertrude Stein held court at 27 Rue de Fleurus, and deemed young Ernest a member of "une gneration perdue; " and T.S. Eliot was a bank clerk in London.

Year: 1964

    The Orchard Keeper by Cormac McCarthy

Set is a small, remote community in rural Tennessee in the years between the two world wars, it tells of John Wesley Rattner, a young boy, and Marion Sylder, an outlaw and bootlegger who, unbeknownst to either of them, has killed the boy's father. Together with Rattner's Uncle Ather, who belongs to a former age in his communion with nature and his stoic independence, they enact a drama that seems born of the land itself.

Year: 1965

    Live by Night by Dennis Lehane

From bestselling author Dennis Lehane comes this epic, unflinching tale of the making and unmaking of a gangster in the Prohibition Era of the Roaring Twenties.

Year: 2012
Genre: Prohibition

 

 

Titles

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1922The Beautiful and Damned and Other Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald Literature, Short Stories
1925The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Literature
1926The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway Bull Fighting, Paris, Spain
1929The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner Family Drama, Southern Gothic
1930As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner Family Drama, Southern Gothic
1935Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck Literature
1957Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury Fantasy
1964A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway Paris, Non-Fiction
1965The Orchard Keeper by Cormac McCarthy
2012Live by Night by Dennis Lehane Prohibition, Coughlin, Boston
2014The Bootlegger by Clive Cussler Private Eye, Prohibition, Isaac Bell
2016Medusa's Web by Tim Powers Family Secrets, Supernatural, Hollywood

 

 

 


 

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