Welcome to Lost Generation Reader! My name is Jenna. I’m an English Writing graduate from a fabulous Minnesota university. I also have a Certificate in Publishing. I’ve been working at a natural health company (vitamins & stuff) for over seven years and currently work as an Web Copywriter/Proofreader. While Fargo is home, I plan on moving away for new experiences…you know, eventually.
Now, the other important stuff. Books. I love books. Books love me. Yes, books have feelings. They have souls. I guess that means I read people’s souls for a living. I also create souls. You know, because I’m a writer. Be careful, it’s a dangerous field. You must never take a soul for granted, whether reading or writing it.
Since I haven’t gotten far on my personal soul-creating journey, let me talk about fellow soul creators whom I admire. In no particular order, some of my favorites are Ian McEwan, Kazuo Ishiguro, JK Rowling, Charles Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austen, Ernest Hemingway, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. If you like any of them, let’s talk.
I intend to have a focus on reading and writing with this blog, including book reviews, giveaways, and discussions. I will also share some of my own work from time to time. Being an avid ranter, you will most likely see posts that have nothing to do with books. I am also a fan of traveling and plan to eventually share some stories and pictures from my journeys.
What does “Lost Generation Reader” mean?
While having her car serviced, artist patron Gertrude Stein overheard the garage owner telling his young mechanic that he was part of a génération perdue, or lost generation. She told the story to Ernest Hemingway, stating, “That is what you are. That’s what you all are … all of you young people who served in the war. You are a lost generation.” Hemingway included the last sentence as an epigraph in his novel, The Sun Also Rises.
While the phrase “Lost Generation” classifies a generation of youth, it has a special connotation in the literary world. Writers created a new literary culture that captured the futile spirit of the times after the Great War. This generation included distinguished artists such as Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, T.S. Eliot, and John Dos Passos. Much like he and his contemporaries, Hemingway’s protagonists tended to be honest men who lost hope and faith in modern society.
Why does the Lost Generation interest me?
I will be the first to admit that I tend to read more books by European (mainly English) writers than American writers. I grew up feeling more connected to Bronte, Dickens, and Shakespeare than I did Twain, Steinbeck, and Dickinson. While the Lost Generation consisted primarily of American writers, they too tended to prefer the European lifestyle, so to me this connection only makes sense. I sometimes forget that these writers are Americans. Sometimes.
I also feel that every young generation can be considered “lost” compared to older generations. Youth oftentimes question the way things are done, and they have no shame in stating why their way would be better despite their lack of experience in the world. They oftentimes disagree with modern society and claim that change is essential. Younger generations of every generation are lost because they do not yet have the power to make the rules. I am nearing the end of this generation, but I am proud to have lived in it and respect those who take the time and effort to grow rather than expect the world to change for them.
It is not a crime in today’s world to be lost, for it is in the journey from lost to found that we learn who we truly are. For writers, we find ourselves through our literature, through reading and writing. We create what we want to be the truth, even if it is a dream or a lie, and our characters oftentimes reflect our own beliefs.