Classics Club Event: World War One and/or The Lost Generation. Modernist Literature in June.

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All right, clubbers! Today begins the sixth installment of our Twelve Months of Classic Literature Event with works of World War One and/or The Lost GenerationModernist Literature. Cover the topic however you like, zooming in on a particular author or movement, or discussing the shift in literature as a whole as the world lost its innocence in the wake of World War One. The Bloomsbury Group, Virginia Woolf, Wilfred Owen and the World War One poets, James Joyce, Hemingway — there are so many options on this topic and you’re encouraged to explore as you’re pulled.

The World War One Event is for the current month, but honestly, you can contribute thoughts and post links in the comments below whenever you write them. The purpose of this event is to have a central place to share our thoughts/posts on the topic.

We want to know what you read and what you think about this topic, but we don’t want to research for you. We’re excited to see how this club shapes this month’s topic. We’re a great mix of experts and new readers. We want to encourage you all to share and explore. Use the links above to get started.

Even if you don’t have time to read for the event this month, you could post about the titles you have on your club list that pertain to this month’s topic, write an informative post for fellow clubbers on the topic, or talk about why you didn’t include any titles from the topic on your club list. Feature an author! Write a poem! Explore classic art that accentuates the literature. It’s your event. Research-based posts, free-writing, emotion-based “I love this topic” journal entries, lists – all are welcome and encouraged. Some of you may be experts (or experts in progress) on this month’s topic. Your input is highly encouraged and appreciated! Others are new to literature. For you and the experts, exploration is encouraged.

Please see our main event page for details. 

So, are you in? What will you be reading/writing? 🙂

Cheers, and a very happy reading and writing month to you! – The Club

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19 thoughts on “Classics Club Event: World War One and/or The Lost Generation. Modernist Literature in June.

  1. I’m a few chapters into All Quiet on the Western Front, and I’m planning to follow that with Not So Quiet…. I don’t think I’ll get to Guns of August this month.


    1. Are you liking ‘All Quiet’ so far? I really enjoyed it (is enjoyed the wrong word when talking about a War novel?) and even cried at one point!


  2. Way way back I read Hemingway. .. For whom the bell tolls. .I remember NOT ONE WORD. . so a good excuse to go back. ..


  3. I’m almost done with August 1914. I’ve also got some WWI poetry and Barbara Tuchmans’ Guns of August planned for this year–don’t know that I’ll get all that done this month, though!


    1. Hello!! I really really liked Barbara Tuchman’s work…Its a great academic work without being didactic and gives some piercing insight into the events that determined the fate of the war in the initial months….Its absolutely brilliant! Hope you enjoy it!!


  4. I have to admit i have done no preparation for this year and the centenary – be it poetry (something I readily admit to not being a fan of) or general literature. Would love to have one or more recommendation as to the essential piece of literature I should be reading


    1. Thanks for the stunning YouTube link for this piece. Powerful words – a great way to experience poetry.


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