History of the Automobile, Part 2

By Audrey Robinson

Education Committee NECCM

The week of November 12th though the 18th is National Education Week. The Northeast Classic Car Museum is a great place to cultivate a student’s interest in history, literature, science, math and technology. The second part of this five-part series will show how automobiles were incorporated into all parts of life from music to books to movies.

In 1919, Sinclair Lewis wrote whimsically of his adventures in a Model T. One of the most famous books, which is now a standard text in high school and university courses on American literature in countries around the world, was F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, ‘The Great Gatsby,” which portrayed the cynicism of post-World War I by the use of Gatsby’s cream-colored Rolls-Royce. In 1962, William Faulkner wrote about human frailties against the backdrop of an early Winton Flyer automobile in his classic, “The Reivers.” Other books such as “Christine,” by Stephen King were also centered on automobiles.

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