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FC: The American Modernist Period - (1919-1939)

1: "There were many words that you could not stand to hear and finally only the names of places had dignity. Abstract words such as glory, honor, courage, or hallow were obscene." - American novelist and WW1 veteran Ernest Hemingway, in "A Farewell to Arms" (1929)

2: "It was an age of miracles, it was an age of art, it was an age of excess, and it was an age of satire." - F. Scott Fitzgerald "The Beautiful and the Damned" (1922)

3: "I cannot help but raise a dissenting voice to statements that we are living in a fool's paradise, and that prosperity in this country must necessarily diminish and recede in the near future." - E. H. H. Simmons, President, New York Stock Exchange, January 12, 1928

4: "A man's hands never seem to get clean, even if he don't touch nothing. They just stay dirty. Sort of a special kind of dirt and the dirt is always the same color, no matter what country you're fighting in." - Harry Brown "A Walk in the Sun" (1944)

5: "And then the dispossessed were drawn west- from Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico; from Nevada and Arkansas, families, tribes, dusted out, tractored out. Car-loads, caravans, homeless and hungry; twenty thousand and fifty thousand and a hundred thousand and two hundred thousand. They streamed over the mountains, hungry and restless - restless as ants, scurrying to find work to do - to lift, to push, to pull, to pick, to cut - anything, any burden to bear, for food. The kids are hungry. We got no place to live. Like ants scurrying for work, for food, and most of all for land." - John Steinbeck "Grapes of Wrath" 1939

7: Despite the chaos throughout the time period, these influential authors used their talent to produce works of literature that inspired and told the tales that the American Modernist period withstood.

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