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    Modernism Movement

  • World War I Begins

    The first World War was the first of the major culture shocks which launched the Modernism movement. Its influence is noted in the literary shift from a focus on nature to the isolation and decay of society.
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    World War I

  • The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock Published

    Written by T.S. Eliot, Prufrock was the easily one of the most famous of Eliot's modern works. Prufrock follows the "stream of consciousness" type narrative and is often difficult to interpret due to the voice of its narrator. It also launched his career as a modern poet.
  • 19th Amendment Passed

    Women are granted suffrage.
  • Pablo Picasso's Three Musicians Completed

  • The Waste Land Published

    The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot is published. It is often considered to be his best work of all time, and also one of the best of the 20th Century. It is marked by sharp and rapid shifts of time, place, and speaker.
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    The Cantos by Ezra Pound Published

    Contained Asian influences.
  • Tulips and Chimneys Published

    E.E. Cummings' collection of poetry titled Tulips and Chimneys is published. His use (or lack) of correct grammar, punctuation, and style is very evident.
  • The Great Gatsby Published

    F. Scott Fitzgerald's most famous work
  • The Sun Also Rises

    Written by Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises is one of the early pieces of modern literature.
  • The Great Depression

    The stock market crashes.
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    The Great Depression

  • The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas Published

    Written by Gertrude Stein, it describes her experiences in Paris with many modern writers and artists. Gives Stein national attention.
  • World War II Begins

    World War II furthers the attitudes developed by poets after WWI. Alienation, war, decay.
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    World War II

  • Confessionalist Movement Begins

    The Confessionalist Movement begins.