Background reading for Thomas Pynchon's Against the Day
September 4, 2012 6:42 AM Subscribe
Another book recommendation question. I'm looking for a few general history books to read as preparation for diving into Thomas Pynchon's "Against the Day".
posted by Lorin to Media & Arts (9 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I'm looking for a very general overview of events "between the 1893 Chicago World's Fair and the time immediately following World War I," enough that I might at least recognize a name or two going in. I realize that is incredibly broad, but I have no problem if I end up reading half a dozen (or more) titles and am open to suggestions of more specific stuff if it's highly relevant. I haven't read much more than the blurb, so there are surely areas of interest I'm unaware of. No fiction though, that part is covered.