Conversations with F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Conversations with F. Scott Fitzgerald assembles over thirty interviews with one of America's greatest novelists, the author of The Great Gatsby and Tender Is the Night.

Although most of these are not standard interviews in the modern sense, the quotes from Fitzgerald and the contemporary journalistic reaction to him reveal much about his writing techniques, artistic wisdom, and life. Editors Matthew J. Bruccoli, the foremost Fitzgerald scholar, and Judith S. Baughman have ...

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Overview

Conversations with F. Scott Fitzgerald assembles over thirty interviews with one of America's greatest novelists, the author of The Great Gatsby and Tender Is the Night.

Although most of these are not standard interviews in the modern sense, the quotes from Fitzgerald and the contemporary journalistic reaction to him reveal much about his writing techniques, artistic wisdom, and life. Editors Matthew J. Bruccoli, the foremost Fitzgerald scholar, and Judith S. Baughman have collected the most usable and articulate pieces on Fitzgerald, including a three-part 1922 interview conducted for the St. Paul Daily News.

Fitzgerald (1896-1940) died before the authorial interview became a literary subgenre after World War II. Although Fitzgerald enjoyed his celebrity, as is clear in these pieces, he had a poor sense of public relations and provided interviewers with opportunities to trivialize him. As a result, Fitzgerald was often treated condescendingly in the press. Seven of his interviews—five printed before 1924—have flapper in their headlines. In the Jazz Age—a term Fitzgerald coined—he was regarded as a spokesman for rebellious youth, as a playboy, as an authority on sex and marriage, as an expert on Prohibition, and as an immensely popular writer for his work published in the Saturday Evening Post. Yet his literary ambitions were sizable and his impact on American fiction immeasurable.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578066056
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 12/1/2003
  • Series: Literary Conversations Series
  • Pages: 133
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Chronology
Books 3
Fitzgerald, Flappers and Fame 6
Scott Fitzgerald Here on Vacation; "Rests" by Outlining New Novels 8
Literary Libels: Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald 11
F. Scott Fitzgerald, Novelist, Shocked by "Younger Marrieds" and Prohibition 26
Fitzgerald Condemns St. Paul Flappers: "Unattractive, Selfish, Graceless," Are Adjectives Applied to Middle West Girls 30
The Gossip Shop 32
Fitzgerald, Flapperdom's Fiction Ace, Qualifies as Most Brilliant Author, But Needs Press Agent, Says Scribe 33
F. Scott Fitzgerald - Juvenile Juvenal of the Jeunesse Jazz 35
Is the Jelly Bean from Georgia? 40
Novelist Flays Drys, Exalting Our Flappers 43
Prediction Is Made about James Novel: F. S. Fitzgerald Believes Ulysses Is Great Book 44
What a "Flapper Novelist" Thinks of His Wife 46
F. Scott Fitzgerald on "Minnie McGluke" 50
F. Scott Fitzgerald Says: "All Women Over Thirty-five Should Be Murdered" 55
Notes on Personalities, IV - F. Scott Fitzgerald 60
F. Scott Fitzgerald 67
Un Giovane Autore Americano 72
Ellin Mackay's Bored Debutantes Are Satirized by Scott Fitzgerald 75
That Sad Young Man 77
Where the French Outclass Us 81
Scott Fitzgerald Lays Success to Reading 82
Fitzgerald, Spenglerian 86
Has the Flapper Changed? 90
F. Scott Fitzgerald 95
Delaware-Paris: F. Scott Fitzgerald 98
Fitzgerald Finds He Has Outgrown Jazz Novel Age 100
Scott Fitzgeralds to Spend Winter Here Writing Books 101
Scott Fitzgerald Seeking Home Here 103
"'Cellar-Door? Ugh!'" Quoth Baltimore Writers 106
F. Scott Fitzgerald Is Visitor in City; New Book Appears Soon 107
Holds "Flappers" Fail as Parents 109
Looking at Youth 111
F. Scott Fitzgerald Staying at Hotel Here 114
Fitzgerald's Six Generations 117
The Other Side of Paradise: Scott Fitzgerald, 40, Engulfed in Despair 120
Wanger Blends Abruptness With Charm in Personality 127
Index 129
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