What Do I Read Next?
- Bullfighting often disgusts people as cruel treatment of animals. Whether or not you feel that way, it is worth learning more about the sport or art form. Try reading “The Spanish Fiesta Brava: Historical Perspective” by former matador Mario Carrion on his homepage at http://coloquio.com/toros.html.
- “La Historia de las Plazas de Toros en Espana—Research Paper,” by Jason Westrope, is a very good historical discussion of bullfighting. It is in English and can be found at http://www.arch.usf.edu/people/students/westrope/portfoli/D5doc.htm.
- “The Undefeated” is Hemingway’s first short story about bullfighting and can be found in his collection of 1925 entitled In Our Time.
- Hemingway’s posthumously published love letter to the Paris of the 1920s is entitled A Moveable Feast (1954). The book is full of Parisian scenes as well as character sketches of his famous friends: Gertrude Stein James Joyce Ezra Pound Ford Madox Ford, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
- Set far away from Hemingway’s stage, Sinclair Lewis’ Babbitt (1922) has a similar satirical bent. Rather than strike at the aristocrats, Lewis was after the normalcy of business that America seemed to prefer in reaction to the disruption of the war. The name Babbitt has become synonymous with impoverished cultural spirit. While many despise Babbitt, many aspire to his wealth.
- The Great Gatsby (1925), by F. Scott Fitzgerald another Midwesterner, is second to The Sun Also Rises as manifesto for the 1920s. It is the story of a young stockbroker named Nick Carraway who watches his neighbor, Jay Gatsby, become betrayed by his own dreams. The novel reveals the disillusionment of the time but offers little, beyond the character of Carraway, in the way of solution.