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Lost Generation Writers: Lost Generation

This guide serves as a starting point for resources about the Lost Generation writers and thier works.

Lost Generation

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Lost Generation Writers

July 21, 1899-July 2, 1961 

Ernest Hemingway

 Sept 24, 1896-Dec 21,1940

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Feb 3, 1874-July 27, 1946

Gertrude Stein

 Sept 26, 1888-Jan 4, 1965

T.S. Elliot

General Overview Books about the Lost Generation

Who are the Lost Generation?

"The Lost Generation is a term used to describe those who came of age during World War I. This term more specifically refers to a group of American writers whose works were published after that period. The term Lost Generation comes from a comment that Modernist writer Gertrude Stein made to author Ernest Hemingway—that Hemingway and his cohorts were "all a lost generation. ... The Lost Generation rebelled against post-World War I American ideals. During that time American culture valued a work ethic of capitalism and entrepreneurship. Members of the Lost Generation, however, felt the United States lacked culture and sophistication." (""The Lost Generation." Gale Student Resources in Context, Gale, 2011. )

"In literature, the "Lost Generation" refers to a group of writers and poets who were men and women of this period. All were American, but several members emigrated to Europe. The most famous members were Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and T. S. Eliot."


Lost Generation Defined

American Literature: The Lost Generation Overview                                                                          

An overview of the American writers who were coined the Lost Generation via Encyclopedia Britannica.                             

Lost Generation Defined

A comprehensive definition on the term "Lost Generation" via Credo.

Lost Generation Literary Themes

Information on literary themes and notable members of the Lost Generation writers via Wikipedia.


Scholary Articles

The Lost Generation and the Generation of Loss: Ernest Hemingway's Materiality of Absence and "Sun Also Rises"

Available via Jstor, argues that Hemingway later on in his career tried to disassociate from Gertrude Stein's notion of what she thought the Lost Generation represented.

The Bohemia of the Heart: Some Memories of the Lost Generation of the Twenties

Available via Jstor, article published in 1933 from a first person point of view of the Lost Generation writers.


Characteristics of "Lost Generation" Authors

Many of the Lost Generation shared these similar characteristics that carried over to their fictional characters in their stories:

  • Youthful idealism
  • Sought the meaning of life
  • Drank heavily
  • Had love affairs
  • Rejected modern American materialism
  • Expatriates who lived in Paris
  • Wrote novels considered literary masterpieces


Lost Generation Writers Explained

3 minute video that explains the story of the writers who came of age during World War One, commonly referred to as The Lost Generation.