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Who are your favorite authors of the 1930’s and 1940’s, which books, and why?

Asked by Espiritus_Corvus (10246 points ) May 15th, 2013

Deep economic depression, the dustbowl and migration, rural isolationism, widespread anti- government and anti-“Big Money” protests, economic recovery, the war years at home and abroad, and much more had an effect on Literature. Which authors or books of this period hit home with you?

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janbb's avatar

Well, of course the gold standard for that time period – particularly the dust bowl – John Steinback’s “The Grapes of Wrath. ”. A great read. A lesser known novel of proletarian immigrant life is “Jews without Money” by Michael gold. Also, “Call it Sleep” by Henry Roth – a bildingsroman.

Seek's avatar

J.R.R. Tolkien, of course, and Agatha Christie. P.G. Wodehouse, George Orwell. Dr. Seuss.

flutherother's avatar

Aldous Huxley and ‘Brave New World’. Still relevant today.

Seek's avatar

Oh, how could I forget Bertrand Russell!

filmfann's avatar

I love Raymond Chandler, and his noir pulp fiction books.
Trouble is My Business is a pure joy to read.

fundevogel's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr I love Russell! As far as novels go Tropic of Cancer is probably my favorite from the era. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything that so fiercely opposed accepting cookie-cutter expectations imposed on us by society.

ETpro's avatar

Tolkien’s The Hobbit, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, Margret Mitchel’s Gone with the Wind, Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men, Pearl S. Buck’s The Good Earth, Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm, Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl, Robert Penn Warren’s All the King’s Men, Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls.

I read some Agatha Christie mysteries as well but danged if I remember which. Pure escape reading.

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