F. Scott Fitzgerald: Novels and Stories 1920-1922 [NOOK Book]

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At the outset of what he called "the greatest, the gaudiest spree in history," F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote the works that brought him instant fame, mastering the glittering aphoristic prose and keen social observation that would distinguish all his writing. This Library of America volume brings together four volumes that collectively offer the fullest literary expression of one of the most fascinating eras in American life.

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F. Scott Fitzgerald: Novels and Stories 1920-1922

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Overview

At the outset of what he called "the greatest, the gaudiest spree in history," F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote the works that brought him instant fame, mastering the glittering aphoristic prose and keen social observation that would distinguish all his writing. This Library of America volume brings together four volumes that collectively offer the fullest literary expression of one of the most fascinating eras in American life.

This Side of Paradise (1920) gave Fitzgerald the early success that defined and haunted him for the rest of his career. Offering in its Princeton chapters the most enduring portrait of college life in American literature, this lyrical novel records the ardent and often confused longings of its hero's struggles to find love and to formulate a philosophy of life.

Flappers and Philosophers (1920), a collection of accomplished short stories, includes such classics as "Dalyrimple Goes Wrong," "Bernice Bobs Her Hair," and "The Ice Palace."

Fitzgerald continues his dissection of a self-destructive era in his second novel, The Beautiful and Damned (1922), as the self-styled aristocrat Anthony Patch and his beautiful wife, Gloria, are cut off from an inheritance and forced to endure the excruciating dwindling of their fortune. Here New York City, playground for the pleasure-loving Patches and brutal mirror of their dissipation, is portrayed more vividly than anywhere else in Fitzgerald's work.

Tales of the Jazz Age (1922), his second collection of stories, includes the novella "May Day," featuring interlocking tales of debutantes, soldiers, and socialists brought together in the uncertain aftermath of World War I, and "A Diamond as Big as the Ritz," a fable in which the excesses of the Jazz Age take the hallucinatory form of a palace of unfathomable opulence hidden deep in the Montana Rockies.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Young Scott Fitzgerald was not having much luck: he'd flunked out of Princeton, his hope for military glory was dashed with the signing of the armistice on the day he was due to depart for Europe, and his best girl, Zelda, didn't want to date a pauper. In 1920, however, his luck changed when Scribner bought his first manuscript, This Side of Paradise, and introduced him to the world, which welcomed him warmly. This latest Library of America volume includes that first novel plus several works written during Fitzgerald's younger and more vulnerable years: Flappers and Philosophers (short stories, 1920), The Beautiful and Damned (novel, 1922), and Tales of the Jazz Age (short stories, 1922). The short stories include such gems as "Bernice Bobs Her Hair," "The Ice Palace," and "A Diamond as Big as the Ritz." Though all this material is readily available, and, one hopes, always will be, it's wonderful having Fitzgerald's fledgling works together in a quality hardcover. Jazz up your collection with this fine volume. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
Booknews
You know those Library of America editions? Glossy, black dust jackets with the scripted last name of the author, deep-colored fabric covers, and that luxurious ribbon to keep your place (and its own) in an interrupting world. Contained in this volume on Fitz are and (novels), and and (stories). Additional materials are a lengthy and detailed chronology, and editorial notes by Jackson Bryer (English, U. of Maryland). It's a good time for rereading the script for that decadent decade too much like the present. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Caleb Crain
The Library of America has released F. Scott Fitzgerald's early novels and stories at a fitting moment . . . what flowers were to Keats, the leisure of the upper classes was to Fitzgerald -- lush, sensuous and real, a symbol of the ideal that was also a fragile thing, as ephemeral as pleasure. Keats couldn't have been so poetic without bowers of dittany and sweetbriar; Fitzgerald required Delmonico's, bespoke shirts and the south of France. It wasn't necessarily fair that the rich had more leisure -- or more flowers -- than other people, but since they did, Fitzgerald wrote about them.
—New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598532968
  • Publisher: Library of America
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Series: Library of America Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 1075
  • Sales rank: 1,073,800
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Jackson R. Bryer, editor, is professor emeritus of English at the University of Maryland and editor of F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Critical Reception and, with John Kuehl, of Dear Scott / Dear Max: The Fitzgerald–Perkins Correspondence.
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