American Modernism


Ernest Hemingway with friends who inspired The Sun Also Rises: Harold Loeb, Lady Duff Twysden, Hadley Hemingway, Ogden Stewart and Pat Guthrie
Ernest Hemingway with friends who inspired The Sun Also Rises: Harold Loeb, Lady Duff Twysden, Hadley Hemingway, Ogden Stewart and Pat Guthrie



George Gershwin's quintessentially American composition "Rhapsody in Blue" melds classical and jazz. Recording via OurMedia.org.

Essential Questions

  • How did disillusionment following World War I impact American literature?
  • How did the influx of African-American writers impact American literature?
  • How does America define success?
  • How does this period of literature reflect the American dream?
  • How did slang influence the development of American English?

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