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Epithet applied, often invidiously, to the era of the 1920s in the U.S., whose frenetic youth of the postwar period were conceived as more juvenile and hedonistic than the contemporary lost generation” of expatriates. F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tales of the Jazz Age (1922) was a classic representation of the period, as was Percy Marks's The Plastic Age (1924). The manners of the times were also depicted in the caricatures of John Held. Treatments of jazz music, as distinct from the jazz-age ethos, occur in many works, including Vachel Lindsay's poem The Daniel Jazz (1920) and Dorothy Baker's novel Young Man with a Horn (1938).

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