Eventually our goal is to have all writers and major personalities of the Lost Generation listed here, with links to full profiles of each. Let’s begin with the big names.


NameBirthDeathMajor Works
Sherwood Anderson18761941Winesburg, Ohio
Djuna Barnes18921982Ladies Almanack, Nightwood
John Peale Bishop18921944“The Hours”
James Boyd18881944Drums
Thomas Boyd18981935Through the Wheat
Kay Boyle19021992Being Geniuses Together, Process
Louis Bromfield18961956Early Autumn: A Story of a Lady, The Rains Came
Rupert Brooke18871915“The Soldier”
Van Wyck Brooks18861963“Finders and Makers” series
William Slater Brown18961997The Burning Wheel, Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys
Kenneth Burke18971993A Grammar of Motives, A Rhetoric of Motives
Morley Callaghan19031990Strange Fugitive, That Summer in Paris
Louis-Ferdinand Céline18941961Journey to the End of the Night
Robert Coates18971973The Eater of Darkness, The Outlaw Years
Malcolm Cowley18981989Blue Juniata, Exile’s Return
Hart Crane18991932The Bridge
E. E. Cummings18941962The Enormous Room, Tulips and Chimneys
John Dos Passos18961970Manhattan Transfer, U.S.A trilogy
T. S. Eliot18881965“The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” “The Waste Land”
William Faulkner18971962The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying
Edna Ferber18851968Show Boat, So Big
F. Scott Fitzgerald18961940The Great Gatsby, Tender is the Night
Zelda Fitzgerald19001948Save Me the Waltz
Janet Flanner18921978An American in Paris: Profile of an Interlude Between Two Wars
Ford Madox Ford18731939The Good Soldier, Parade’s End
Virgil Geddes18971989The Earth Between, Native Ground
Ramon Guthrie18961973Maximum Security Ward
Dashiell Hammett18941961The Maltese Falcon, The Thin Man
Ernest Hemingway18991961The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls
Josephine Herbst18921969Pity Is Not Enough
Aldous Huxley18941963Brave New World, Island, The Doors of Perception
Eugene Jolas18941952transition
Matthew Josephson18991978The Robber Barons, Life Among the Surrealists
James Joyce18821941Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses
Ring Lardner18851933You Know Me Al
Sinclair Lewis18851951Main Street, Babbitt
Archibald MacLeish18921982Elpenor, Panic, The Fall of the City
H.L. Mencken1880 1956The American Language, Prejudices
Edna St. Vincent Millay18921950“Renascense,” “First Fig,” “Dirge without Music”
Henry Miller18911980Tropic of Cancer, Black Spring
George Orwell19031950Animal Farm, 1984
Wilfred Owen18931918“Dulce et Decorum est,” “Anthem for Doomed Youth”
Dorothy Parker18931967A Star Is Born, Big Blonde
Ezra Pound18851972Ripostes, “Hugh Selwyn Mauberley,” “The Cantos”
Erich Maria Remarque18981970All Quiet on the Western Front
Isaac Rosenberg18901918Poems from the Trenches
Alan Seeger18881916“I Have a Rendezvous with Death”
Gilbert Seldes18931970The Stammering Century
Olaf Stapledon18861950Star Maker, Last and First Men, Odd John
Gertrude Stein18741946The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas
John Steinbeck19021968Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden
Harold Edmund Stearns18911943Confessions of a Harvard Man
Donald Ogden Stewart18941980Perfect Behavior, A Parody Outline of History
Edward Thomas18781917“The Sign-Post”
Carl Van Vechten18801964Peter Whiffle, Nigger Heaven
Glenway Wescott19011987The Pilgrim Hawk, Apartment in Athens
Thornton Wilder18971975The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Our Town
Edmund Wilson18951972Axel’s Castle, To the Finland Station, Patriotic Gore
Thomas Wolfe19001938Look Homeward, Angel
Virginia Woolf18821941To the Lighthouse, A Room of One’s Own
John Allan Wyeth18941981On To Paris

Other personalities

NameBirthDeathMajor Role
Margaret Anderson18861973Founder/Editor/Publisher of The Little Review
Sylvia Beach18871962Owner of Shakespeare and Company
Ginevra King18981980Socialite, Inspiration for F. Scott Fitzgerald characters
Gerald Murphy18881964Wealthy American expatriate
Sara Murphy18831975Wealthy American expatriate
Maxwell Perkins18841947Literary editor at Scribners
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