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Aleksi Etter

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Were the intellectual critics of the 1920's really disillusioned with the fundamental character of American life, or were they actually loyal to a vision of a better America, and only hiding their idealism behind a veneer of disillusionment and irony? Question 4 •Yes, critics in the twenties were disillusioned. They were disappointed with the hypocrisy, immorality, corruption, and ignorance of the American people.

•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.
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