The White Logic, Alcoholism and Gender in American Modernist Fiction

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There are no second acts in American lives. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous pronouncement, an epitaph for his own foreshortened career, points to a pattern of imaginative blight common among writers of the Lost Generation. As John W. Crowley shows in this study, excessive drinking was a crucial influence on the frequently diminished fortunes of these writers. Indeed, the modernists – especially the men – were a decidedly drunken lot.

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