Sad Men

What Writers Can Learn from the Great Depression

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Americans don’t like to dwell on failure. As soon as the economic crisis passed, literary scholars abandoned these novels from the 1930s … we keep these Sad Men buried in the literary rubbish heap, despite the fact we need their stories now more than ever—because nobody builds monuments to failed men.
My “Sad Men” essay, where my book about writers and the Great Depression began…