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The Oxford History of the Novel in EnglishVolume 6: The American Novel 1879-1940$
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Priscilla Wald and Michael A. Elliott

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780195385342

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195385342.001.0001

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The Novel after the Great War

The Novel after the Great War

(p.436) 27 The Novel after the Great War
The Oxford History of the Novel in English

Paul Giles

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on American novels written after World War I. It examines how writers such as Henry James and John Dos Passos highlighted the Great War's violence shaped a new aesthetic world, while others, including F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway associated the war with modernism. It also considers how the Great War raised awareness among American writers of the ethics and aesthetics of the machine. Finally, the chapter looks at a number of novels written after World War I, including Dos Passos's One Man's Initiation: 1917 (1920) and Three Soldiers (1921), Hemingway's In Our Time (1924) and The Sun Also Rises (1926), and Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby (1925).

Keywords:   novels, World War I, Henry James, John Dos Passos, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, modernism, ethics, aesthetics, The Great Gatsby

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