There is no doubt that Hemingway and Fitzgerald have made their way back into the world of popular culture. Perhaps the rash of 1920s-related movies and stage presentations, one-woman shows, etc., can be attributed to the popularity of the Woody Allen film Midnight in Paris (2011), which was indeed charming and put Stein, Dali, and, especially, Hemingway and both Fitzgeralds back in the spotlight. The newest version of The Great Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio has only increased the public's interest in the Jazz Age.

But that is all about cinema. In fiction, Nick and Jake may represent the culmination, indeed the apotheosis, of a recent trend that one might call repurposing or recycling the 1920s, both the historical figures themselves and their fictional creations. There has been, from the start, a subgenre of writing, not just the usual biographies and critical studies (as provocative as some are, such...

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