F. Scott Fitzgerald in the Twenty-First Century

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This thought-provoking collection explores significant new facets of an American author of lasting international stature.

As the author of some of the most compelling short stories ever written, two of the central novels in American literature, and some of the most beautiful prose ever penned, F. Scott Fitzgerald is read and studied all over the world. Sixty-two years after his death, his works—protean, provocative, multilayered, and rich—continue to elicit spirited responses. ...

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Overview

This thought-provoking collection explores significant new facets of an American author of lasting international stature.

As the author of some of the most compelling short stories ever written, two of the central novels in American literature, and some of the most beautiful prose ever penned, F. Scott Fitzgerald is read and studied all over the world. Sixty-two years after his death, his works—protean, provocative, multilayered, and rich—continue to elicit spirited responses. This collection grew out of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Conference that convened in Princeton at the centennial of this author's birth. Bringing together dozens of the world's leading scholars and commentators, the conference and the book celebrate the ever-growing legacy of Fitzgerald's art.

The subjects of these 19 essays reflect the contributors' wish to shine new light on less-frequently discussed aspects of Fitzgerald's work. Topics include Fitzgerald's Princeton influences and his expression of Catholic romanticism; his treatments of youth culture, the devil, and waste; parallels in the work of Mencken, Cather, and Murakami; and the ways gender, pastoral mode, humor, and the Civil War are variously presented in his work. One illustrated summary examines Fitzgerald's effect on popular culture through his appearance in the comics. Two broad overviews—one on Fitzgerald's career and another on the final developments in the author's style—round out the collection.

The international scope of the contributors to this volume reflects Fitzgerald's worldwide reputation and appeal. With extensive treatments of This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and Damned, The Last Tycoon, and the Pat Hobby stories, this collection makes an unusual and significant contribution to the field of Fitzgerald studies.

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"Individual essays by Stanley Brodwin, Kirk Curnutt, Morris Dickstein, Horst Kruse, Milton Stern, and Frederick Wegener will often be referred to by future scholarship."
—Ronald Berman, author of The Great Gatsby and Fitzgerald’s World of Ideas
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817356620
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 12/10/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 386
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

 

Jackson R. Bryer is Professor of English at the University of Maryland and author of The Critical Reputation of F. Scott Fitzgerald.

 

Ruth Prigozy is Professor of English at Hofstra University and editor of The Cambridge Companion to F. Scott Fitzgerald.

 

Milton R. Stern is Professor Emeritus of English at The University of Connecticut and author of The Golden Moment: The Novels of F. Scott Fitzgerald.

 

 

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 "Blue as the Sky, Gentlemen": Fitzgerald's Princeton through The Prince 10
2 Princeton, Pragmatism, and Fitzgerald's Sentimental Journey 38
3 The Catholic Romanticism of This Side of Paradise 54
4 The Devil and F. Scott Fitzgerald 66
5 Youth Culture and the Spectacle of Waste: This Side of Paradise and The Beautiful and Damned 79
6 Mencken's Defense of Women and the Marriage Plot of The Beautiful and Damned 104
7 "One Cannot Both Spend and Have": The Economics of Gender in Fitzgerald's Josephine Stories 121
8 Pastoral Mode and Language in The Great Gatsby 139
9 F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1937: A Manuscript Study of "A Full Life" 153
10 F. Scott Fitzgerald and Willa Cather: A New Study 173
11 Noxious Nostalgia: Fitzgerald, Faulkner, and the Legacy of Plantation Fiction 190
12 Thalia Does the Charleston: Humor in the Fiction of F. Scott Fitzgerald 202
13 F. Scott Fitzgerald in the Funny Papers: The Commentary of Mickey Mouse and Charlie Brown 223
14 The "Two Civil Wars" of F. Scott Fitzgerald 238
15 "A Writer for Myself": F. Scott Fitzgerald and Haruki Murakami 267
16 Pat Hobby and the Fictions of the Hollywood Writer 279
17 Tune in Next Month: Fitzgerald's Pat Hobby and the Popular Series 291
18 Fitzgerald: The Authority of Failure 301
19 The Last Tycoon and Fitzgerald's Last Style 317
Works Cited 333
List of Contributors 347
Index 351
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