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A second flowering; works and days of the lost generation Hardcover – 1973

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The 1920s - Revisited Fifty Years Later, In The 1970s 14 Sep 2011
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A Second Flowering, Works & Days of the Lost Generation, Malcolm Cowley; The Viking Press (1973)

A copy of "Flowers" was given to me as a gift by the producers of "The Jerry Springer Show," back in the program's heyday as the jewel in the crown of Public Broadcasting (WNET).

Fast-forward through the opening "Fitzgerald, The Romance of Money," which is afflicted with the stale tone of academic writing rarely seen again anywhere in the book. From then on, enjoy Cowley's perceptive insights about Hemingway, Dos Passos, E.E. Cummings, Thornton Wilder, & Thomas Wolfe.

Those of us who never could stomach the works of William Faulkner will merrily skip the chapter on that inexplicably popular author of meandering, impenetrable prose.

Hell, Cowley's "Hart Crane, A Memoir" - brilliant! - alone is worth the price of the book.

Also valuable is the appendix's "Years of Birth" - a straight & convenient chronological listening of 385 American essayists, historians, novelists, poets, biographers & literary critics born between 1891-1905 whose work has endured & enriched our lives (Sorry. I was seduced by the prices at a recent cupcake & literary cliché sale).

Finally, on p. 243 (hardcover, 1973 edition), the black & white photograph of a stern Edmund Wilson can be spiffed up by applying the end of a Sharpie Accent "dark yellow" highlighter to the pencils stacked vertically in Wilson's little glass cup on his cluttered desk.

I did this. It brightened up a portrait of a talented man unencumbered by personal charm & joie de vie (or for that matter, a mirror in the men's room - which, on that day, might have alerted him to the comic state of his disheveled attire).
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