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The Lost Generation

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Maryum Hill

on 29 January 2014

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The Lost Generation
By Esther N. and Maryum H.
What were their ideals?
The post WW1 generation were characterized by their:
lost values
lost belief in the idea of human progress
moods of futility and despair
Who was in the Lost Generation?
The Lost Generation consisted of:
What is the Lost Generation?
The Lost Generation is the generation that emerged from the ashes of World War One. They were referred to as "lost" not because they were faded from memory, but because they expressed confusion, feeling lost in their own societies.

Key Authors
Ernest Hemingway
Ernest Hemingway, F.Scott Fitzgerald and John Dos Passos were key authors in the Lost Generation.
They are known for works such as
"the Great Gatsby"
"For Whom the Bell Tolls"
that were "an early exemplar of the modernist techniques of the Lost Generation”.
Characteristics of the Lost Generation Authors
Bruce Barton
Raymond Chandler
Malcolm Cowley
T. S. Eliot
Ernest Hemingway
William Faulkner
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Dashiell Hammett
Sinclair Lewis
Erich Maria Remarque
Hart Crane
“Here was a new generation, shouting the old cries, learning the old creeds, through a revery of long days and nights; destined finally to go out into that dirty gray turmoil to follow love and pride; a new generation dedicated more than the last to the fear of poverty and the worship of success; grown up to find all Gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken...” -F. Scott Fitzgerald
Like most of the Lost Generation, Ernest Hemingway was involved in the war. He first served on the Italian front, then in the Spanish Civil war, and last in WWII- where he took part in the D-day landings. In his later life, he was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder and insomnia. A failed treatment led to his severe amnesia which obstructed his writing and everyday life. He committed suicide in 1961.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald is primarily known for his masterpiece,
The Great Gatsby. But without his war experience, most of his books would probably not exist. When he first commissioned, he thought the possibility of heroism on foreign shores. He was a brilliant writer, and the thought of dying spurred on his motivation to write. He had been an alcoholic since his college days and had recurring tuberculosis. He suffered from 3 heart attacks, the third ending his life.
F. Scott Fitzgerald Novels
Why Paris!
Works Cited

sought the meaning of life
drank a lot
love affairs
rejected materialism
lived in Paris

Ernest Hemingway Novels
The Torrents of Spring (1926)
The Sun Also Rises (1926)
A Farewell to Arms (1929)
To Have and Have Not (1937)
For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940)
Across the River and into the Trees (1950)
The Old Man and the Sea (1952)
Islands in the Stream (1970)
The Garden of Eden (1986)
True at First Light (1999)
This Side of Paradise (1920)
The Beautiful and Damned (1922)
The Great Gatsby (1925)
Tender Is the Night (1934)
The Love of the Last Tycoon – originally The Last Tycoon – (unfinished,1941)
works cited

• Baker Allie."Hemingway,The Fitzgerald,and the lost generation:An interview with Kirk Cunnett."The Hemingway project.com,July 20,2010
• Gertrude stein.The lost generation and Gertrude Stein.Gertrudestein.emonsite.com,web.
• Monk,Craig."writing the lost generation:expatriate Autobiography and american modernism,Iowa City,Iowa press, 2008.
• Reilly,Edward.”f,Scott Fitzgerald a biography.Westport,Ct:Greenwood publishing group,inc.2005.print
• “Ernest Hemingway 1923 photo.”The alational Archives.Ernest Hemingway collection.John f.Kennedy library.January 24,2014

How did the Lost Generation affect American literature?
Despite the Lost Generation’s perceived separation from the world, or perhaps because of it, Lost Generation writers found similarities with the writers of the World War II generation. World War II writers “felt an immediate kinship with the Lost Generation, and their work attempted to build upon “the stream of protest” the Lost Generation writers began. Ultimately, Lost Generation writers contributed some of the most innovative literary works of the twentieth century to the Modernist canon and strongly influenced the war writers who came after them.
Gertrude Stein
Gertrude stein is a well known writer of pronoun novels, plays, and poetry.She was extremely influential, her ideals had been adopted mostly by authors of the Lost Generation such as Ernest Hemingway.The term lost generation was used by Stein and then adopted by Ernest Hemingway. It was her ideals that inspired and help create the well known novels that are still loved today by the authors who followed her beliefs.
American writers and artists migrated to Europe and resided mainly in the city of Paris because Paris in the 1920s it had represented personal freedom which appealed to the writers and artists that believed America had lacked most of

An overview of the lost generation
Why they left America
For many of the writers and artists that had left America had believed America to be corrupted and was "too business-minded

Later in the twenties Calvin Coolidge said that the business of America was business.That didn't bode well if you were an artist and your business was art."
Effects of world war 1 in the 1920s
World war 1 had changed the lives of millions not just in America but everywhere it had been the deadliest war ever fought up to that point which lasted up to 4 years from 1914 to 1918

World War I seemed to have destroyed the idea that if you acted virtuously, good things would happen. Many good, young men went to war and died, or returned home either physically or mentally wounded (for most, both), and their faith in the moral guideposts that had earlier given them hope, were no longer valid...they were "Lost."
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