Cover Art Collage – This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Hey everyone, welcome to another edition of Cover Art Collage. Today we’re going to be taking a look at some of the different artwork which has been used for the cover of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s first novel, This Side of Paradise. First published in 1920, This Side of Paradise skyrocketed Fitzgerald to fame as aContinue reading “Cover Art Collage – This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald”

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”

Quotes from Aldous Huxley’s first novel, Crome Yellow (1921)

I recently finished reading Aldous Huxley‘s first novel, Crome Yellow (1921). For those who only know the author from Brave New World, this is very much a departure, focusing as it does on a young man’s summer holiday at an English country estate. Using this as a premise, Huxley sets up a series of episodesContinue reading “Quotes from Aldous Huxley’s first novel, Crome Yellow (1921)”

Christmas in the 1920s: The Music

With Christmas almost here I realized I never highlighted that most important part of any ambience – the music! And music is something the 1920s was certainly not devoid of. It wasn’t called the Jazz Age for nothing! So today, let’s listen to some classic Christmas music from that time period. Gather the kids aroundContinue reading “Christmas in the 1920s: The Music”

Christmas in the 1920s: Birth of the National Christmas Tree

Back in the early 2000s when I was going to school at American University in Washington D.C., I had the pleasure of getting to go to see the lighting of the National Christmas tree. I always loved Christmas, but up until that point I didn’t actually know that there was a National Christmas tree. AndContinue reading “Christmas in the 1920s: Birth of the National Christmas Tree”

Christmas in the 1920s: Magazines

In a recent post I wrote about a Christmas story by Dorothy Parker titled The Christmas Magazines And the Inevitable Story of the Snowbound Train. An early piece of writing by Parker, it was published by Vanity Fair in December 1916. In it she essentially laments and belittles the sentimentality of the Christmas magazines ofContinue reading “Christmas in the 1920s: Magazines”

Christmas in the 1920s: Christmas Seals

Something that I came across while researching Christmas in the 1920s was the use of Christmas seals. Christmas seals are labels placed on the mail during Christmas to raise money for charity. They look like postage stamps, but have no value and so have been called a “cinderella stamp.” They began in Denmark in 1904Continue reading “Christmas in the 1920s: Christmas Seals”

A 1920s Christmas in photos

Happy holidays everyone! Well this year is certainly different than every other one that I’ve ever experienced, I’m just glad to be here and able to celebrate right now. Since this website is dedicated to the Lost Generation who came of age with WWI and the roaring 20s, I thought we’d do a series ofContinue reading “A 1920s Christmas in photos”

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”