The Lost Generation of the 1920s
Tuesday, February 11
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Presenter: Linda Patterson Miller, Ph.D.
Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, John Dos Passos, Archibald and Ada MacLeish, Dorothy Parker, and other literary and artistic luminaries, were all there on the Riviera in the 1920s, most often at Gerald and Sara Murphy's Villa America. Here, in the aftermath of war and amidst the explosion of Modernism, they would seek to define a radically new art and to find a new America. They intuitively knew that "the way to discover one's own country was to leave it; that the way to find America was to find it in one's own heart, one's memory and one's spirit, and in a foreign land." Drawing upon vintage photos and a unique group correspondence, Dr. Miller will illustrate how the lives and art of this "Lost Generation" embodied both the inventiveness of the Jazz Age and the tragedies that followed in the wake of the Stock Market Crash of 1929.
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