By Lucy Moore
An exciting portrait of the period of jazz, glamour, and gangsters from a vivid younger superstar of mainstream heritage writing.
The glitter of Twenties the US used to be seductive, from jazz, flappers, and wild all-night events to the delivery of Hollywood and a glamorous gangster-led crime scene flourishing lower than Prohibition. however the interval used to be additionally punctuated by way of momentous events-the political exhibit trials of Sacco and Vanzetti, the massive Ku Klux Klan march down Washington DC's Pennsylvania Avenue-and it produced a dizzying array of writers, musicians, and picture stars, from F. Scott Fitzgerald to Bessie Smith and Charlie Chaplin.
In Anything Goes, Lucy Moore interweaves the tales of the compelling humans and occasions that characterised the last decade to supply a gripping portrait of the Jazz Age. She unearths that the Roaring Twenties have been greater than simply "the years among wars." It was once an epoch of ardour and alter- an age, she observes, no longer not like our personal.
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While an eighteenth- or nineteenth-century novelist might acknowledge problems of subjective perspective and literary artifice, for example, they rarely allow them to intrude in such a way as to question the universal validity of the social, economic and moral scene presented (Lawrence Sterne is a notable exception). A contemporary ‘postmodern’ novelist, on the other hand, might regularly call attention to the fictionality of the world and characters he creates. Both, however, ultimately collapse life and artifice, towards one extreme or the other.
Joyce is pursuing a method which others must pursue after him. They will not be imitators, any more than the scientist who uses the discoveries of an Einstein in pursuing his own, independent, further investigations. It is simply a way of controlling, of ordering, of giving a shape and a significance to the immense panorama of futility and anarchy which is contemporary history. . Instead of narrative method, we may now use the mythical method. It is, I seriously believe, a step toward making the modern world possible for art.
The answer was to be found in the bare realism of the shorter pieces, which Joyce declared were written ‘in a style of scrupulous meanness and with the conviction that he is a A NEW REALISM 37 38 KEY IDEAS EPIPHANY A product of the earnest youthful aestheticism that as a mature artist he soon came to mock, Joyce first used the term ‘epiphany’ to describe the notebook sketches of Dublin life that he wrote in the early 1900s. To his brother Stanislaus he declared that an epiphany revealed ‘the significance of trivial things’ (Ellmann, 1982: 169), endowing the most common object with value.
Anything Goes: A Biography of the Roaring Twenties by Lucy Moore