By George Parker Anderson

American Modernism: 1914-1945 covers American literature through the time of battle and melancholy within the first 1/2 the 20 th century. This new examine advisor brings this significant literary interval to lifestyles, supplying scholars with concepts for learning and writing.

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Trogdon describe the lure in American Expatriate Writers: Paris in the Twenties (1997): Paris was the center of the literary and artistic world during the Twenties. In addition to the French, there were notable figures from all over Europe—including those who had left Russia after the Revolution. The assemblage of these geniuses attracted and stimulated American writers, painters, composers, dancers, and musicians. Writers: Tristan Tzara, André Breton, Jean Cocteau, Paul Morand, Blaise Cendrars, Jules Romains, Louis Aragon, Philippe Soupault.

Indd 15 4/6/10 9:23:11 AM 16 American Modernism, 1914–1945 World War II began when Germany invaded Poland on 1 September 1939. For more than two years the United States remained officially neutral, though its Lend-Lease program and other policies supported Britain and France, and later the Soviet Union, in their conflict with Germany and Italy, as well as China in its struggle against Japan. The United States entered the war after the 7 December 1941 Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.

The Alfred A. Knopf firm (1915– ), founded by husband and wife Alfred and Blanche Wolf Knopf, published the works of such authors as Willa Cather, Langston Hughes, and H. L. Mencken; it also published Mencken’s literary magazine The American Mercury from 1924 to 1934. Blanche Knopf was responsible for developing a list of crime and detective authors that included Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. The house of Boni & Liveright (1917–1933) produced the Modern Library series, reprinting classic works of literature in attractive, inexpensive editions.

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