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•The critics were shrewd but circumlocutory, choosing to attack through indirect, satirical works. •The 1920s brought a new generation of writers to the scene. -Young, ambitious, resentful
•Among the most popular and influential were Sinclair Lewis, H.L. Mencken, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. •Lewis-Ignorance in small-town life, religious hypocrisy/corruption
•Mencken-marriage, patriotism, middle-class "booboisie"
•Fitzgerald- "The Great Gatsby" -illusion of American "Self-made man"
•Critics of the 1920s made bitter, piercing satirical remarks/allegories in efforts to enact reform and preserve American ideals. If they could see what 'Merca has become, they would be disgusted.