the golden age

golden age

A period of or defined by outstanding excellence, quality, prosperity, or achievement. This Halloween, we're having a marathon of all the monster movies from the golden age of cinema. Many people look back on the 1950s as some kind of golden age, completely ignoring or denying many of the deep-rooted social injustices that typified that time in America.
See also: age, golden

the ˈgolden age (of something)

the period during which something is very successful, especially in the past: This book looks back on the golden age of steam engines, and all railway fans will enjoy it immensely.
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References in classic literature ?
At last the golden age of Chinese poetry is at hand.
This was the true aera of the golden age, and the only golden age which ever had any existence, unless in the warm imaginations of the poets, from the expulsion from Eden down to this day.
It's the easiest thing in the world," said the Story Girl, tiptoeing to the edge of the pool to peep at her own arch reflection, as some nymph left over from the golden age might do.
When the first poet or romancer told these marvellous legends (such is Eustace Bright's opinion), it was still the Golden Age.
He received them with the hospitality of the golden age, and with something of the same kind of fare; for, while he opened his arms to make them welcome, the only repast he set before them consisted of roots.
an infant of eighteen, and a scraggy nest of foreign office holders, sit in the places of Themistocles, Pericles, and the illustrious scholars and generals of the Golden Age of Greece.
My first quarter at Lowood seemed an age; and not the golden age either; it comprised an irksome struggle with difficulties in habituating myself to new rules and unwonted tasks.
O, people of the Golden Age, the chief of your husbandry was to raise flowers!
susceptible to influences generated in the golden age of our pithecan
Then good-bye and good-bye, and charming occasion worthy of the Golden Age, and more about the flitch of bacon, and the like of that; and Twemlow goes staggering across Piccadilly with his hand to his forehead, and is nearly run down by a flushed lettercart, and at last drops safe in his easy-chair, innocent good gentleman, with his hand to his forehead still, and his head in a whirl.
THE market for today's feature points to age before beauty, but Beauty Prince is a tempting alternative as The Golden Age bids to punch his ticket for the BWW Hong Kong Derby in the Siu Sai Wan Handicap at 1.
If we learned anything from the research, it was how incredibly important and how widespread humour was in the Golden Age in Dutch culture, but also in painting," said Anna Tummers, one of the show's curators at the museum, in an interview a few weeks before the opening.
Bailey's Reggie Fortune and the Golden Age of Detective Fiction
He discusses the most popular types of fictional detectives in the Golden Age, how they were portrayed, and how Fortune shows characteristics of almost all of the types; some of the best Fortune stories and their qualities in comparison with stories of other authors, particularly those whose popularity has lasted, showing how the Fortune stories have all the qualities that justify their renewed popularity; possible reasons for FortuneAEs fall from popularity, most likely due to misunderstanding or misrepresentation by critics; and how the Fortune stories have timeless, archetypal qualities of all detective tales and fiction of all types.
He also has little to say about the years before the Golden Age, although it's impossible to understand what happened after 1945 without taking them into account.