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The Jazz Age: A Checklist of Books
This page is a checklist of useful and interesting books on the Jazz Age. It also represents some of the titles I have collected on the period. As my interests are largely in the culture and social history of the period, this bibliography reflects those concerns.
The period, as I define it, began with the end of World War I in 1918 - and ended with the beginning of the Depression 1929. In between was "The Jazz Age" - a time also referred to as the Roaring Twenties. It was a period of tremendous social change in the United States - as well as a time when "youth," (perhaps for the first time), began to play a prominant role in American culture. The Twenties were a turbulent time, one too often stereotyped as the age of wonderful nonsense, Flappers and bathtub gin. It was an age of disillusion and cynicism, prosperity and a revolution in the moral and sexual code. It was also the time that Louise Brooks - dancer, showgirl and film star - enjoyed her brief flirtation with fame.
This page is limited to books on the social and cultural history of the United States during the Jazz Age (and to a lesser degree - the interwar period). Individuals interested in additional information might also track down biographies of some of the cultural figures of the time - such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, George Gershwin, or Anita Loos. Annotations for individual titles are offered when relevant or useful. This bibliography has been compiled by Thomas Gladysz.
Before The Jazz Age
Ellis, Edward Robb. Echoes of Distant Thunder. New York: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, 1975.
Korn, Jerry. This Fabulous Century: 1910 - 1920. New York: Time Life Books, 1969.
The Jazz Age
Abels, Jules. In the Time of Silent Cal. New York: Putnam, 1969.
Allen, Frederick Lewis. Only Yesterday. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1931.
Andrist, Robert. The American Heritage History of the 20's and 30's. New York: American Heritage, 1970.
Churchill, Allen. The Theatrical Twenties. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1975.
Cleaton, Irene and Allen. Books & Battles: American Literature, 1920 - 1930. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1937.
Cowley, Malcolm and Robert. Fitzgerald and the Jazz Age. New York: Scribners, 1966.
Cruden, Robert. Body and Soul: The Making of American Modernism. New York: Basic Books, 2000.
Douglas, Ann. Terrible Honesty. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1995.
Drennen, Robert E.. The Algonquin Wits. Secaucus, New Jersey: Citadel, 1968.
Dumenil, Lynn and Foner, Eric. The Modern Temper: American Culture and Society in the 1920s. New York: Hill & Wang, 1995.
Fass, Paula S. The Damned and the Beautiful. New York: Oxford, 1977.
Gains, James R. Wit's End: Days and Nights of the Algonquin Round Table. New York: Harcourt Brace & Jovanovich, 1977.
Greene, Laurence. The Era of Wonderful Nonsense. New York: Bobbs-Merrill, 1939.
Harvey, R. C. Cartoons of the Roaring Twenties. Seattle, Washington: Fantagraphics Books, 1991.
Harvey, R. C. Cartoons of the Roaring Twenties, vol 2. Seattle, Washington: Fantagraphics Books, 1991.
Higashi, Sumiko. Virgins, Vamps and Flappers. St. Albans, Vermont: Eden Press Women's Publications, 1978.
Hodapp, William. The Pleasures of the Jazz Age. New York: Farrar, Straus and Co., 1948.
Hoffman, Frederick J. The Twenties. New York: Collier, 1962.
Hutchens, John K. The American Twenties: A Literary Panorama. New York: J. B. Lippincott, 1952.
Latham, Angela J. Posing a Threat. Hanover, New Hampshire: Wesleyan Unversity Press, 2000.
Leinwand, Gerald. 1927: High Tide of the 1920s. New York: Four Walls Eight Windows, 2001.
Leighton, Isabel. The Aspirin Age 1919 - 1941. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1949.
Korn, Jerry. This Fabulous Century: 1920 - 1930. New York: Time Life Books, 1969.
Miller, Bettina. From Flappers to Flivvers . . .. Greendale, Wisconsin: Reminisce Books, 1995.
Mordden, Ethan. That Jazz! An Idiosyncratic Social History of the American Twenties. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1978.
Perrett, Geoffrey. America in the Twenties. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1982.
Reynolds, Francis J. Marvels of 1924. New York: International Magazine Company, 1925.
Robbins, Daniel. The Jazz Age. Providence, Rhode Island: Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1968.
Rogers, Agnes and Allen, Frederick Lewis. I Remember Distinctly. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1947.
Sann, Paul. The Lawless Decade. New York: Bonanza Books, 1957.
Shannon, David A. Between the War: America 1919 - 1941. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1979.
Sklar, Robert. The Plastic Age: 1917 - 1930. New York: George Braziller, 1970.
Stern, Robert, Gilmartin, Gregory, and Mellins, Thomas. New York 1930. New York: Rizzoli, 1987.
Stevenson, Elizabeth. Babbits & Bohemians: The American 1920's. New York: Macmillian, 1967.
Stokes, Horace Winston. Mirrors of the Year. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Co., 1928.
Studlar, Gaylyn. This Mad Masquerade. New York: Columbia University Press, 1996.
Sullivan, Mark. The Twenties. New York: Scribners, 1935.
Walker, Stanley. The Night Club Era. New York: Frederick A. Stokes, 1933.
Watson, Steve. The Harlem Renaissance. New York: Pantheon, 1995.
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