Please recommend me american modernist novels. (at least the modernist era, not necessarily stylistically modernist)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
I have a random urge to write stories in an idealized noir sort of urban 1920s. I need information to input.
These ones are from the 30s. Doubt they'd be considered modernist in style, but the settings fit with what you're after.
Appointment in Samarra - John O'Hara
Ask the Dust - John Fante
Turn, Magic Wheel - Dawn Powell
The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler
Fast One - Paul Cain
The Maltese Falcon - Dashiell Hammett
One character will be a german immigrant who excelled in math in his gymnasium and left germany during wwI and when to america. He translates books for a living and works as a janitor in a newspaper. Named Conrad. Skinny guy
Technically post modernist but I think he's way under rated, on /lit/ at least. Especially the gay population of /lit/, the city and the pillars a great read and a huge achievement I think for its time. I'm sure most of you know I've just never seen it mentioned.
Though some consider it postmodern, The Tunnel, according to its writer, William Gass--the greatest writer still walking the Earth--is actually a decayed sort of modern, so I recommend, if you wish, you look into it; and I am capable of posting a link to it, if you'd like.