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    The Beautiful and Damned and Other Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Beautiful and Damned explores the world of America's upper class during World War I and the beginning of the Jazz Age. Loosely based on Fitzgerald's relationship with his wife, Zelda, the novel centers around Anthony Patch, a young East Coast socialite who is heir to his grandfather's fortune and lacks motivation to pursue a meaningful career.

    The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The story of the mysteriously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when "gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession," it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.

Year: 1925

    The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the novel introduces two of Hemingway's most unforgettable characters: Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley. The story follows the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates.

Year: 1926

    The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

The Sound and the Fury is the tragedy of the Compson family, featuring some of the most memorable characters in literature: beautiful, rebellious Caddy; the manchild Benjy; haunted, neurotic Quentin; Jason, the brutal cynic; and Dilsey, their black servant. Their lives fragmented and harrowed by history and legacy, the character's voices and actions mesh to create what is arguably Faulkner's masterpiece and one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century.

Year: 1929
Genre: Family DramaSouthern Gothic

    As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

At the heart of this 1930 novel is the Bundren family's bizarre journey to Jefferson to bury Addie, their wife and mother. Faulkner lets each family member -- including Addie -- and others along the way tell their private responses to Addie's life.

Year: 1930
Genre: Family DramaSouthern Gothic

 

 

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Got ItWant ItRead ItYearTitle

-- -- -- The Beautiful and Damned and Other Stories   by F. Scott Fitzgerald
-- -- --1925 The Great Gatsby   by F. Scott Fitzgerald
-- -- --1926 The Sun Also Rises   by Ernest Hemingway
-- -- --1929 The Sound and the Fury   by William Faulkner
-- -- --1930 As I Lay Dying   by William Faulkner
-- -- --1935 Tortilla Flat   by John Steinbeck
-- -- --1965 The Orchard Keeper   by Cormac McCarthy
-- -- --2012 Live by Night   by Dennis Lehane
-- -- --2014 The Bootlegger   by Clive Cussler