Archive for February, 2011
The “Lost generation” is a term popularized by Ernest Hemingway and credited to Gertrude Stein. It refers to the persons who came of age and were called to service during the “Great War.” Many of the writers of the “lost generation” had gathered in Paris during the 1920s, and formed a literary circle that experimented with a modernist style and expression. See Wikipedia for more details.
Because this subject can technically include many authors, I’ve felt the need to limit this introductory post in some way. I’ve listed below details and books by some of the main authors of the American expatriate “lost generation.” These authors were part of the movement in Paris. The following authors link to more information below.
- Gertrude Stein (who coined the term and coached the writers)
- Ernest Hemingway
- F. Scott Fitzgerald
- T.S. Eliot
- Ezra Pound
Other authors that may be considered lost generation are listed without book lists. Their names link to a Wikipedia page about them so you can do further research if you’d like to read one of these authors for the tour. These authors may not have been expatriates in the tight circle of “lost generation” writers, but they still may be considered “lost generation.”
- Sherwood Anderson
- Hart Crane
- E.E. Cummings
- John Dos Passos
- William Faulkner
- Zelda Fitzgerald
- Alan Seeger
If you want to read someone not on these lists, I ask that at least the author you choose to read is an American who was writing in the 1920s or 1930s. The work does not need to have been written in the 1920s (it may have been written sooner or later than that), but since those are the active years of the “lost generation,” the author you choose to read should have been a writer during those years.
Tentative tour dates are March 21 to April 1. Sign up will remain open until the March 2.
Sign up is now closed. If you’d still liked to join the tour, send an email to rebecca[at]rebeccareid[dot]com and we’ll fit you in.
The American literature votes are in. The next tour will be American literature from the Lost Generation of writers, from Hemingway and Gertrude Stein to F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ezra Pound. More details about these authors, and sign up, to come soon.
Closely tied for second were American Romanticism and American turn-of-the-century Naturalism, both of which we’ll have to do at another point.
Thanks for voting!
Photo by cayusa at Flickr
From Ancient Greece we’re traveling to America….but I’m not yet sure just where in time we’re going to stop! Here are four themed tours. Which would you most like to see featured on an upcoming Circuit?
Please note that we’ve had Americans on the lists in the past; we’ll try to give those authors a chance again at some point for future tours. For now, though, these are the authors/themes we’re going to decide from among.
Colonial and Revolutionary Thought: Defining A New Nation
- Anne Bradford, Phyllis Wheatley, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Thomas Paine, Washington Irving.
American Romanticism: A Unique American Style
- James Fenimore Cooper, Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, the Transcendentalists.
American Turn-of-the-Century Naturalism: Social Issues in Literature
- Edith Wharton, Theodore Dreiser, Upton Sinclair, Stephen Crane, Jack London, Frank Norris
The Lost Generation: Experimentation in Style and Form
- Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, T.S. Eliot, Waldo Pierce
I’d love your input, regardless of whether you will be able to participate in the tour.
Our Ancient Greeks Tour has come to an end. Did you miss any of the stops? What will be your next Ancient Greek read?
See where the tour visited below.
Wednesday, January 26 Lifetime Reading Plan shares thoughts on “Who was Homer?”
Wednesday, January 26 Badgerish.Net writes about The Odyssey by Homer
Wednesday, January 26 Aurelia writes about Electra by Sophocles
Thursday, January 27 2606 Books and counting writes about Lysistrata by Aristophanes
Thursday, January 27 Shelf Love writes about The Oresteia by Aeschylus
Thursday, January 27 The Literary Rapport writes about the character Electra in Euripides and Sophocles
Saturday, January 29 Pining for the West writes about Protagoras and Meno by Plato
Saturday, January 29 Sasha and the Silverfish writes about Grief Lessons by Euripides, edited by Anne Carson
Saturday, January 29 Rebecca Reads writes about Poetics by Aristotle
Monday, January 31 Breathing Space writes about Lysistrata by Aristophanes
Monday, January 31 First Impressions writes about The Orestia by Aeschylus
Monday, January 31 Moored at Sea writes about Hippocrates
Friday, February 4 A Literary Odyssey writes about Lysistrata by Aristophanes
Friday, February 4 A Common Reader writes about The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
Friday, February 4 Bibliophilopolis writes about Anabasis by Xenophon