11.11.11 Armistice Day & Veteran’s Day

Today is not just a “Cool” date of all 1’s. It is a day to remember all those who have died and served in battle. Originally a holiday to commemorate the end of WWI, at the end of WWII, the name was changed to Veteran’s Day to honor all veterans. I thought I would highlight some particularly infulential authors whose lives were forever changed by war, so much so that they are called “the lost generation.”

The Lost Generation is a term used for either the group of young men who died during WWI or for a group of Authors who came out of WWI forever changed, and who lived lives permanently caught in the survivor’s guilt/PTSD of that catastrophe.

T.S. Eliot was a member of this group, and his most famous works The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, The Hollow Men, and The Wasteland are all said to reflect the disillusionment of the generation. A literary critic, poet, and playwright, he won the Nobel prize for literature, 13 honorary doctorates, a Tony award, Presidential Medal of Freedom, and numerous other awards. He died in 1965. F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, Erich Maria Remarque, and several other lesser known artists are part of this group of expatriates who lived and worked in Paris after WWI. (yes, there are more, but click HERE for a more exhaustive article about how they paved the way for modernist & post-modernist literature in the 20th Century.) Some of them returned home to write, namely William Faulkner , William Carlos Williams, e.e. cummings  . This amazing group of artists has won just about every MAJOR award out there for writing. Maybe it was because they had so much to say. Maybe it was because they didn’t fear saying anything after what they had seen. Maybe the world was ready to listen. I’m not sure, but these authors are some of my favorites. If you haven’t read them, you should, not just because they won all the awards, but because they survived and have something to say about it.


3 Comments on “11.11.11 Armistice Day & Veteran’s Day”

  1. TS Eliot has always been one of my favorites! You’ve inspired me to go pull out my textbooks and reread the Wasteland.

  2. apologies, apparently typing while @ work is not good for me. Memorial Day & Veteran’s Day are different. 🙂

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