History of the Modern Literary Time Period

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  • Sully Prudhomme

    Sully Prudhomme
    1st Nobel Prize in literature awarded to Sully Prudhomme for his poetry because his writing contained evidence of idealism and combined heart and intellect
  • WWI

    • Over 65 million men volunteered to or were conscripted to fight in the war • People contributed to the war effort by working in industry, agriculture, and jobs left open by men who had left for the war • Literature during this time presented a range of perspectives • Poetry was an element many soldiers looked to during the tough times of the war
  • Roaring 20's

    Roaring 20's
    • The “Lost Generation” was a term used to describe those intellectuals who did not agree with the morality and values of America after World War I.
    • Many of the great literary professionals were considered expatriates because they moved to places such as Paris because they rejected the values of America.
    • Works of these writers included a theme of spiritual alienation, self-exile, and cultural criticism.
  • Knut Pedersen Hamsun

    Knut Pedersen Hamsun
    The nobel prize in literature awarded to Knut Pedersen Hamsun for his piece, Growth of the Soil
  • Expatirates

    • These writers expressed criticism in never before seen ways that challenged traditional assumptions about literature, and led to a new generation of writers that challenged the status quo. • Also considered the “Lost Generation,” Gertrude Stein , Ernest Hemmingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and William Faulkner all moved to Europe during this time period because they were disappointed with American morality at the time
  • Roaring 20's

    Roaring 20's
    • Fitzgerald, Faulkner, and Hemmingway included the new themes of violence and alienation, loss and despair, and historical discontinuity. (Great Gatsby, A Farewell to Arms, and The Sound and the Fury)
    • Modernism came about in this time period because of the drastic environmental and social changes due to the prosperity and advancement of the Roaring 20s.
  • George Bernard Shaw

    George Bernard Shaw
    The nobel prized in literature awarded to George Bernard Shaw for the idealism, humility, and satire in his works.
  • Harlem Renaissance

    Harlem Renaissance
    • The Harlem Renaissance was the name given to the cultural, social, and artistic movement that took place in Harlem between the end of World War I and the middle of the 1930s. • The Renaissance incorporated jazz and the blues, attracting whites to Harlem “speakeasies”, where couples of many different races danced.
  • SInclair Lewis

    SInclair Lewis
    The nobel prize in literature awarded to Sinclair Lewis for his description and creation of new types of characters
  • WWII

    • This war of destruction and havoc lasted for 6 years • Involved 113 countries from six continents • Battled were fought in the sea, in the air, and on land • Around 73 million people were thought to have died and the economic destruction was astronomical and felt for decades after the conclusion of the war. • The war concluded when Hitler committed suicide in 1945
  • A Streetcar Named Desire

    A Streetcar Named Desire
    A Streetcar Named Desire was presented at the Barrymore Theater in New York