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Craig Monk, Writing the Lost Generation: Expatriate Autobiography and American Modernism (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2008). ISBN: 978-1-58729-689-5.

Craig Monk, Writing the Lost Generation: Expatriate Autobiography and American Modernism (Iowa... BOOK REVIEWS Craig Monk, Writing the Lost Generation: Expatriate Autobiography and American Modernism (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2008). ISBN: 978-1-58729-689-5. Craig Monk's comprehensive study looks at a large number of expatriate autobiographies by members of the 1920s `Lost Generation', some of them as central to the histories of the period as Ernest Hemingway and Sylvia Beach, some marginal figures such as Samuel Putnam and Bravig Imbs, and some more reporters on events than participators, as is the case with Janet Flanner, Wambly Bald, and Waverley Root. Monk is interested in complicating such distinctions, however, as part of his argument that views of the Lost Generation ­ and of modernism more generally ­ need to recognise that the elitist tendencies of modernism were accompanied by more populist forms of expression. In addition Monk wants to examine the ways in which the various life histories have shaped the contemporary perception of the decade. Different writers approach the record in different ways, sometimes in terms of individuals and sometimes in terms of a more cohesive community ­ the perspective sometimes serving the particular needs of the autobiographical author. And alongside the discussion of these issues in individual texts, Monk http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Modernist Cultures Edinburgh University Press

Craig Monk, Writing the Lost Generation: Expatriate Autobiography and American Modernism (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2008). ISBN: 978-1-58729-689-5.

Modernist Cultures , Volume 7 (2): 306 – Oct 1, 2012

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Edinburgh University Press
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© Edinburgh University Press 2012
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Book Reviews; Film, Media and Cultural Studies
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2041-1022
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10.3366/mod.2012.0043
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BOOK REVIEWS Craig Monk, Writing the Lost Generation: Expatriate Autobiography and American Modernism (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2008). ISBN: 978-1-58729-689-5. Craig Monk's comprehensive study looks at a large number of expatriate autobiographies by members of the 1920s `Lost Generation', some of them as central to the histories of the period as Ernest Hemingway and Sylvia Beach, some marginal figures such as Samuel Putnam and Bravig Imbs, and some more reporters on events than participators, as is the case with Janet Flanner, Wambly Bald, and Waverley Root. Monk is interested in complicating such distinctions, however, as part of his argument that views of the Lost Generation ­ and of modernism more generally ­ need to recognise that the elitist tendencies of modernism were accompanied by more populist forms of expression. In addition Monk wants to examine the ways in which the various life histories have shaped the contemporary perception of the decade. Different writers approach the record in different ways, sometimes in terms of individuals and sometimes in terms of a more cohesive community ­ the perspective sometimes serving the particular needs of the autobiographical author. And alongside the discussion of these issues in individual texts, Monk

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Modernist CulturesEdinburgh University Press

Published: Oct 1, 2012

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