The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Jazz by Toni Morrison

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When you hear the oxymoron “historical fiction” you might think of an anecdote about a John Doe in World War 2. In this case, think more on the lines of a fiction novel with a vast historical influence on culture. Fiction novels not only play a key role in the entertainment of an audience but also the influence they leave on them. However, in order to influence the audience, the novel must also be very historically accurate. The combination of influence and historical accuracy can create a new subcategory of “historical fiction”. Two exceptional novels by distinguished authors have managed to start this new concept of “historical fiction”. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Jazz by Toni Morrison are two literary novels that pioneered the movement of historical realism in fiction as well as influenced literary writing styles and United States culture for generations following their creation.
Although F. Scott Fitzgerald and Toni Morrison were born 35 years apart and have two separate backgrounds, they still managed to be two distinguished authors with the same writing styles. Both authors used their past life experiences as influences for their abundant amount of novels. F. Scott Fitzgerald is also noted for taking a liking for 1920s Parisian literary works as influence for his novels and short stories. According an article, Fitzgerald’s inspiration for The Great Gatsby was the town he moved to after his wife (Zelda) gave birth to one of their children. (Murphy).

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