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 ...

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F. Scott Fitzgerald in the Twenty-First Century

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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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Editorial Reviews

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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

“This thought-provoking collection explores significant new facets of an American writer of lasting international stature.”—Library Journal

“Edited by three eminent Fitzgerald scholars, this fine book comprises nineteen incisive and provocative essays (most written for this collection) by . . . well-known Fitzgerald critics. The content is as varied as the international origins of its authors.”—Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817385460
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 8/10/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 392
  • File size: 3 MB

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



CONTENTS

List of Illustrations


Acknowledgments


Introduction


1
“Blue as the Sky, Gentlemen”: Fitzgerald's Princeton through The Prince


Daniel
Anne Margaret




2
Princeton, Pragmatism, and Fitzgerald's Sentimental Journey


Gillin
Edward




3
The Catholic Romanticism of This Side of Paradise


Raubicheck
Walter




4
The Devil and F. Scott Fitzgerald


Tanner
Stephen L.




5
Youth Culture and the Spectacle of Waste: This Side of Paradise and The Beautiful and Damned


Curnutt
Kirk




6
Mencken s Defense of Women and the Marriage Plot of The Beautiful and Damned


Nowlin
Michael




7
“One Cannot Both Spend and Have”: The Economics of Gender in Fitzgerald's Josephine Stories


Balkun
Mary McAleer




8
Pastoral Mode and Language in The Great Gatsby


Giltrow
Janet


Stouck
David




9
F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1937: A Manuscript Study of “A Full Life”


Kruse
Horst H.




10
F. Scott Fitzgerald and Willa Cather: A New Study


Brodwin
Stanley




11
Noxious Nostalgia: Fitzgerald, Faulkner, and the Legacy of Plantation Fiction


Makowsky
Veronica




12
Thalia Does the Charleston: Humor in the Fiction of F. Scott Fitzgerald


Kehl
D. G.




13
F. Scott Fitzgerald in the Funny Papers: The Commentary of Mickey Mouse and Charlie Brown


Inge
M. Thomas




14
The “Two Civil Wars” of F. Scott Fitzgerald


Wegener
Frederick




15
“A Writer for Myself”: F. Scott Fitzgerald and Haruki Murakami


Mlyawaki
Toshifumi




16
Pat Hobby and the Fictions of the Hollywood Writer


Ames
Christopher




17
Tune in Next Month: Fitzgerald's Pat Hobby and the Popular Series


Prchal
Tim




18
Fitzgerald: The Authority of Failure


Dickstein
Morris




19
The Last Tycoon and Fitzgerald's Last Style


Stern
Milton R.




Works Cited


List of Contributors


Index

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