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20 Books from the ’20s: Reading Beyond Gatsby

As the May 10th film release of Baz Luhrmann's remake of THE GREAT GATSBY draws near, it seems that everyone is overcome with Gatsby fever. Pop culture emails from some of our favorite brands have been flooding our inboxes about the Roaring Twenties, and tweets about the steamy trio of Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire have been filling up our Twitter feeds. While the obsession with the hip, reimagined and modernized approach to the ’20s swirls around us, we at 20SomethingReads.com and The Book Report Network revisit the era in one of the ways we understand it best --- through great, classical literature. Along with THE GREAT GATSBY, we have carefully curated a 1920s-themed bookshelf of 19 other masterpieces that have shaped and continue to shape the way we read and understand literature. Featuring all incredible authors and their works from the decade, we've included long-standing favorites such as Edith Wharton's THE AGE OF INNOCENCE, Virginia Woolf's MRS. DALLOWAY and D.H. Lawrence's LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER.

In "20 Books from the 20's: Reading Beyond Gatsby," you will find time-honored works of the decade that remain prominent and inspiring books to this day. Sure, some of them you were required to read in high school or college, but when we look at the collection now, we realize that they say something about the writing of the day. Without the stress and hassle of handing in a 15-page paper to your professor by Friday at 3pm, we encourage you to look at these books with new eyes --- and see how GATSBY holds up against them. See which ones you pretended to read, the ones that have been on your list for years, and the ones you now need to add. Share your thoughts with us about these amazing works of "art" on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Enjoy!