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SophisticationA Literary and Cultural History$
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Faye Hammill

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781846312328

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846316111

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Melancholy, modernity and the middlebrow: the twenties and thirties

Melancholy, modernity and the middlebrow: the twenties and thirties

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This chapter examines the literary treatment of sophistication during the interwar years. It suggests that the 1920s and 1930s can be considered the Age of Sophistication, because they encapsulate the balancing between nostalgia and modernness which is typical of twentieth–century sophistication. It analyses several relevant works of the period including Noël Coward's play Private Lives, Edith Wharton's novel The Age of Innocence, and F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Beautiful and Damned.

Keywords:   sophistication, interwar years, nostalgia, modernness, Private Lives, Noël Coward, The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton, The Beautiful and Damned, F. Scott Fitzgerald

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