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The nineteen-twenties or the Roaring Twenties was a time of exorbitant spending and partying that became known as the golden age This was then followed by The Great Depression brought on by overspending which became an era of massive unemployment and bankruptcy In Babylon Revisited the protagonist of the story Charlie is a man who became exorbitantly wealthy from the stock market and then becomes hopelessly broke when the stock market crashes Throughout the story Charlie is unfortunately caught in-between two worlds The decadent lifestyle of the nineteen-twenties and the hopelessness and despair-filled lifestyle of the Great Depression are the worlds that Charlie is caught in Similarly F Scott Fitzgerald the author of Babylon Revisited lived an exorbitant lifestyle during the nineteen-twenties and became hopelessly poor in a manner that is almost identical to the protagonist Charlie The lifestyle that F Scott Fitzgerald engaged in while writing the story Babylon Revisited coupled with the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression creates the cultural and historical backdrop that deepens the setting of the storyBabylon Revisited is a fictional short story that is indicative of the lifestyle and time period that its author F Scott Fitzgerald lived and participated in Fitzgerald was a man who would over the course of his life have multiple positions in his writing career According to contemporary authors online Fitzgerald was a Novelist poet playwright screenwriter and author of short storiesMilitary service US Army 1917-19 became second lieutenant Contemporary Authors Online Fitzgerald was not only a story writer but he was also well versed in other forms of writing According to the biographer Petry Fitzgeralds life in the 1920s was a mirror to events occurring nationally during that decade It was a time of challenge to the established order of personal indulgence and even self-destructive excessPetry 335 Fitzgerald like Charlie gained prominence in an era where self-destructive tendencies were adored and encouraged Fitzgerald began to rise to prominence as an
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