20th Century > 1920s

    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: 1920sFamily DramaSouthern Gothic

    Live by Night by Dennis Lehane

From bestselling author Dennis Lehane comes this epic, unflinching tale of the making and unmaking of a gangster in the Prohibition Era of the Roaring Twenties.

Year: 2012
Genre: 1920s

    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.

Genre: 1920s

    The Bootlegger by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott

It is 1921, and Prohibition is in full swing--even as millions still imbibe and ruthless criminals get rich overnight by selling them booze. Cops, Feds, and Coast Guardsmen are all susceptible to bribery. But when Bell's boss and lifelong friend Joseph Van Dorn is shot and near-fatally wounded while chasing bootleggers, he enters the fray.

Year: 2014
Genre: 1920sPrivate Eye

    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
Genre: 1920s

    The Orchard Keeper by Cormac McCarthy

Set is a small, remote community in rural Tennessee in the years between the two world wars, it tells of John Wesley Rattner, a young boy, and Marion Sylder, an outlaw and bootlegger who, unbeknownst to either of them, has killed the boy's father. Together with Rattner's Uncle Ather, who belongs to a former age in his communion with nature and his stoic independence, they enact a drama that seems born of the land itself.

Year: 1965
Genre: 1920s1930s

    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: 1920sFamily DramaSouthern Gothic

    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
Genre: 1920s

    Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck

Defying all social conventions and expectations, Steinbeck's gallery of knights thrive on the love- and the fights--that inevitably accompany a glorious night of drinking wine. They suffer the temptations of greed and lust, stand firm in their loyalty to one another, and, finally, come to understand the power of goodness and courage.

Year: 1935
Genre: 1920sLiterature

 

TitleAuthorSeriesGenres & Tags

As I Lay Dying William Faulkner 1920sFamily DramaSouthern Gothic
Live by Night Dennis Lehane Coughlin1920s, Prohibition, Roaring Twenties
The Beautiful and Damned and Other Stories F. Scott Fitzgerald 1920s, Jazz Age
The Bootlegger Clive Cussler Isaac Bell Adventures1920sPrivate Eye, Prohibition
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald 1920s, Jazz Age
The Orchard Keeper Cormac McCarthy 1920s1930s
The Sound and the Fury William Faulkner 1920sFamily DramaSouthern Gothic
The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway 1920s, Lost Generation
Tortilla Flat John Steinbeck 1920sLiterature