Kay Boyle, forgotten political voice of the Lost Generation

When I was setting up all the profile pages about Lost Generation writers for this site, I was familiar in varying degrees with almost every one of them. And most of the ones that I had not heard of generally produced very few works and it seemed reasonable that they hadn’t crossed my path yet.Continue reading “Kay Boyle, forgotten political voice of the Lost Generation”

Rare footage of F. Scott Fitzgerald

With the all pervasiveness of cameras everywhere we go these days, it can be easy to forget that it’s a very modern phenomenon. 100 years ago you could walk around any street and not worry about cameras filming your every move. Obviously there have been some benefits to this, but for me I’d rather returnContinue reading “Rare footage of F. Scott Fitzgerald”

Ray Bradbury tries to save Ernest Hemingway

Well, with Christmas now behind us, it’s time to return to our regular posts about the Lost Generation. While listening to a Ray Bradbury short story collection I came across a very interesting one involving Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. My physical issues often make it very uncomfortable to hold a book for longContinue reading “Ray Bradbury tries to save Ernest Hemingway”

Recording of Aldous Huxley on acid

Aldous Huxley was an extremely prolific author, touching on all sorts of subjects between fiction and nonfiction. Today, he is remembered mainly for two things – his 1932 dystopian novel Brave New World (which was recently adapted yet again for modern audiences with a television show that premiered this year) and his experimentation with psychedelicContinue reading “Recording of Aldous Huxley on acid”

Christmas stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Dorothy Parker

“If my Valentine you won’t be,I’ll hang myself on your Christmas tree.” – Ernest Hemingway Well, it’s that time year again – Christmas! While it’s my personal favorite holiday season, with everything going on right now it just hasn’t felt like it yet. We put up decorations, and that was great, but not quite enough.Continue reading “Christmas stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Dorothy Parker”

The prose poetry of John Dos Passos’s Manhattan Transfer

The early work of John Dos Passos is among my favorite prose of the Lost Generation. While his magnum opus may be his USA Trilogy, his 1925 novel, Manhattan Transfer deserves more attention than it often gets as it was in this work that he begins to set up the experimental style that he wouldContinue reading “The prose poetry of John Dos Passos’s Manhattan Transfer”

Death by Toothpick: The Strange End of Sherwood Anderson

Sherwood Anderson‘s 1919 classic story collection Winesburg, Ohio has been on my shelf for many years. I’ve read it several times now and still find it thoroughly enjoyable. However, when I went to compile a short biography of him for this site yesterday, I realized I knew very little about his life and knew nothingContinue reading “Death by Toothpick: The Strange End of Sherwood Anderson”

Original recordings of Gertrude Stein reading her work

Welcome to the weekend everybody, we made it. Today I want to continue our series of Lost Generation authors reading their own work with perhaps the greatest taste-maker of the 1920s, Gertrude Stein. Most famous today for her salon in Paris during the 1920s where she welcomed the greatest of the artistic and literary worlds,Continue reading “Original recordings of Gertrude Stein reading her work”

The time Ernest Hemingway wrote “F— elephant hunting”

There are a few things that everyone seems to know about Ernest Hemingway – one of which is that he loved big game hunting. It’s a trait that has won him many critics as well as many followers. It features prominently in a number of his stories, with little to no sympathy for the animalsContinue reading “The time Ernest Hemingway wrote “F— elephant hunting””

The miscellaneous letters of F. Scott Fitzgerald

I finally made it through The Letters of F. Scott Fitzgerald (1963) and so this is likely to be the last post about this book, at least for some time. Today want to look at the last section of the book, which is a collection of Fitzgerald’s miscellaneous letters to friends, family, acquaintances, admirers, and detractors.Continue reading “The miscellaneous letters of F. Scott Fitzgerald”