s Books That Resonate TodayLooking for something to rival the greatness of Gatsby? From prize-winners to controversy courters, Stylist lists our top 50 books published in the s. Any we missed? Let us know below or on Twitter. The semiautobiographical tale of Princeton student Amory Blaine and his life among the fabulous and the disillusioned got rave reviews, establishing Fitzgerald as the literary starlet of the era — and helping him to win the hand of the southern belle who would go on to become his wife. Using stream-of-consciousness techniques and heavy doses of philosophical introspection, it muses on art, beauty and the differences between the genders.
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Some books are flashes in the pan, read for entertainment and then left on a bus seat for the next lucky person to pick up and enjoy, forgotten by most after their season has passed. Others stick around, are read and re-read, are taught and discussed. Of course, hindsight can also distort the senses; the canon looms and obscures. Though the books on these lists need not be American in origin, I am looking for books that evoke some aspect of American life, actual or intellectual, in each decade—a global lens would require a much longer list. Dashiell Hammett, The Maltese Falcon According to my esteemed colleagues at CrimeReads , Dashiell Hammett more or less invented the American hardboiled crime novel, and also inspired the entire film noir genre although, Molly Odintz would like me to specify here, film noir also owes a lot to German expressionism.
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Swann's Way, the first part of A la recherche de temps perdu, Marcel Proust's seven-part cycle, was published in In it, Proust introduces the themes that run through the entire work. The narr Ulysses chronicles the passage of Leopold Bloom through Dublin during an ordinary day, June 16, Alonso Quixano, a retired country gentleman in his fifties, lives in an unnamed section of La Mancha with his niece and a housekeeper. He has become obsessed with books of chivalry, and believes th The novel chronicles an era that Fitzgerald himself dubbed the "Jazz Age".