The Real Midnight In Paris
A History of the Expatriate Writers in Paris That Made Up the Lost Generation
By Paul Brody
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© 2011 by Golgotha Press, Inc.
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The collection of expatriate artists who gathered in Paris following the Great War was a diverse group, representing various backgrounds, occupations and nationalities. They were ambulance drivers, war correspondents, common trench soldiers and decorated leaders. They were also nurses, teachers, political radicals and salon proprietors. Some were too young to fight and became the stay-at-homes, feeling perhaps that the Great Event of their generation had passed them by. Some were pacifists and denounced the senseless killing created by production line warfare. This group of young artists, most of them born between 1895 and 1900, would become known as the Lost Generation. In 1920s, Paris, they were all between 20 and 30 years old and eager to test the boundaries of life. A passion for the arts, especially literature, united them under a common cause. In all their guises, the Lost Generation shared another thing – they experienced firsthand the seismic shift in culture that signaled the painful birth of the Modern World.