A Historical Guide to F. Scott Fitzgerald / Edition 1

A Historical Guide to F. Scott Fitzgerald / Edition 1

by Kirk Curnutt
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195153030

ISBN-13: 9780195153033

Pub. Date: 08/27/2004

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Although perceived in his own day as a lightweight chronicler of 1920s trends and fads, F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) is now recognized as one of the most important writers of the twentieth century. Whether for his classic novels (The Great Gatsby, Tender is the Night), his frequently anthologized short stories ("Babylon Revisited," "Bernice Bobs

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Although perceived in his own day as a lightweight chronicler of 1920s trends and fads, F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) is now recognized as one of the most important writers of the twentieth century. Whether for his classic novels (The Great Gatsby, Tender is the Night), his frequently anthologized short stories ("Babylon Revisited," "Bernice Bobs Her Hair"), or his searing essays of personal examination (The Crack-Up), Fitzgerald is rightly celebrated as a master stylist who plumbs the depths of love, loss, and longing. Unfortunately, much of the interest in Fitzgerald has focused on biographical concerns, including his meteoric rise to fame, his tempestuous marriage to quintessential flapper Zelda Sayre, his rivalry with Ernest Hemingway, and his tragic descent into alcoholism and depression. The resulting, somewhat distorted, image of Fitzgerald has been that of a self-destructive literary playboy. Even scholarly treatments of the author have tended to depict him as a mere spokesman for the Lost Generation, a symbol of the excesses of his era, without properly appreciating the range of his writing or his intellect. This volume of historically minded, newly commissioned essays looks beyond the Jazz Age façade to topics that reveal how Fitzgerald's work both illumines and challenges conceptions of his milieu. Studies of the literary marketplace of the 1920s, the influence of public intellectuals such as Walter Lippmann and H. L. Mencken, film and its treatment of the New Woman, and the aftereffects of World War I all document the depth and breadth of Fitzgerald's thinking.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195153033
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/27/2004
Series:
Historical Guides to American Authors Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction, Kirk Curnutt
F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1896-1940: A Brief Biography, Jackson R. Bryer

Fitzgerald in His Time
1. F. Scott Fitzgerald, Professional Author, James L. W. West III
2. Fitzgerald's Intellectual Context, Ronald Berman
3. Fitzgerald's Consumer World, Kirk Curnutt
4. Fitzgerald's Flappers and Flapper Films of the Jazz Age: Behind the Morality, Ruth Prigozy
5. Fitzgerald and War, James H. Meredith

Illustrated Chronology
Bibliographical Essay: The Contours of Fitzgerald's Second Act, Albert J. DeFazio III
Contributors
Index

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