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Listed: The Jazz Age, Flappers and Bright Young Things

I went out and bought a Hallowe’en costume yesterday. I haven’t dressed up for Hallowe’en since high school. Oh wait, I lie. There was one year I had to work at the mall on Hallowe’en night about 7 or 8 years ago, and I dressed up then. But other than that, I haven’t dressed up in over 10 years. But there are a few Hallowe’en parties that we’ve been invited to this year, and so I needed a costume. I ended up finding what I needed to become a flapper, even if just for one night.

So, I thought it would be suitable to have this week’s Listed themed after novels about flappers, bright young things, and the jazz age in general.

  1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Originally Published 1925. LT.
  2. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh. Originally Published 1945. LT.
  3. Vixen by Lila Fine. Originally Published 2010. LT.
  4. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos. Originally Published 1925. LT.
  5. The Jeeves stories by P.G. Wodehouse. First appeared in The Man with Two Left Feet. Originally Published 1917. LT.
  6. Jazz by Toni Morrison. Originally Published 1992. LT.
  7. Save Me the Waltz by Zelda Fitzgerald. Originally Published 1932. LT.
  8. Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen. Originally Published 2010. LT.
  9. The Sun Also Rises by Earnest Hemmingway. Originally Published 1926. LT.
  10. The House at Riverton by Kate Morton. Originally Published 2007. LT.

What other jazz-age books about flappers and bright young things would you add to this list?

Do you like this feature? You should also check out Librarian’s Book Reviews’ Listless Monday, A Bookshelf Monstrosity’s Books By A Theme and Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog’s Birdwatching.

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 7:23 am October 18, 2010.
Category: Listed

  • Audra

    One of my favorite eras! There’s a fabulous essay in Journalistas by Zelda Fitzgerald about the end of the flapper — written in 1925 or something.

    Maybe Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh? It’s the post WWI world, but might be too late to be jazz age, I can’t recall exactly.

  • heidenkind

    Ummm, Here Comes the Sun! by Emile Loring?

  • Anastasia

    Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella is set in the modern times but features a flapper’s ghost!