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Lost Generation
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Lost Generation

A collective expression in postwar Anglo-American culture denoting a group of American writers of the generation of World War I.

The formula goes back to a remark of Gertrude Stein about Ernest Hemingway, “You are all a lost generation.” Hemingway himself used the expression as an epitaph in his novel The Sun also Rises (1926). The literary “lost generation” movement was characterized by a feeling of lost worth, existential disorientation, and opposition to postwar normality – particularly to the civilian middle-class attitude, and t…

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Reimann, Aribert, “Lost Generation”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 23 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2015

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