1910s: Print Culture - Research Article from Bowling, Beatniks, and Bell Bottoms

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Although going to the movies became an increasingly popular way to spend leisure time in this decade, books and magazines were still the core entertainment of most Americans. In this decade, the gulf widened between American high literature (fine writing concerned with philosophic ideas) and American popular literature (writing designed to inform and entertain). Some of the finest literary artists of the century published important works in this decade, including novelists Willa Cather (1873–1947), Theodore Dreiser (1871–1945), and Sherwood Anderson (1876–1941); and poets Gertrude Stein (1874–1946), Vachel Lindsay (1879–1931), T. S. Eliot (1888–1965), William Carlos Williams (1883–1963), and Ezra Pound (1885–1972). These writers and many others were discussed in small-circulation "little magazines" that were dedicated to the arts. They were also talked about in more general magazines such as The Atlantic Monthly, The Smart Set, Vanity Fair, and The Seven Arts. These artists, however, had few readers compared with the great readership...

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