New Essays on F. Scott Fitzgerald's Neglected Stories

New Essays on F. Scott Fitzgerald's Neglected Stories

by Jackson R. Bryer
     
 

F. Scott Fitzgerald's short stories are the most critically undervalued and ignored segment of his fiction. Despite the fact that most of his short fiction has been published in various extant collections, critics nonetheless continue to focus primarily on his novels. Moreover, even when they turn their attention to Fitzgerald's stories, they tend to deal with the

See more details below

Overview

F. Scott Fitzgerald's short stories are the most critically undervalued and ignored segment of his fiction. Despite the fact that most of his short fiction has been published in various extant collections, critics nonetheless continue to focus primarily on his novels. Moreover, even when they turn their attention to Fitzgerald's stories, they tend to deal with the half dozen most frequently anthologized to the exclusion of the vast majority.

This volume presents twenty-three previously unpublished essays on Fitzgerald's "other" stories. The first section contains close readings of individual stories and ranges chronologically over his entire career--from "The Spire and the Gargoyle" (published in 1917, when Fitzgerald was at Princeton) through such early efforts as "Bernice Bobs Her Hair" (1920) and "John Jackson's Arcady" (1924) down to late stories such as "An Alcoholic Case" (1937) and "The Lost Decade" (1939). The second section includes essays on Fitzgerald's three story groups--the Basil and Josephine stories, the Count of Darkness stories, and the Pat Hobby stories.

By placing these stories within the context of Fitzgerald's total fictional achievement, this collection serves as a resource for a deepened understanding of the intensely autobiographical nature of Fitzgerald's work, offering insights into his methods of composition and his aims, both artistic and human.

The roster of contributors includes long-time Fitzgerald critics such as John Kuehl, Scott Donaldson, and Ruth Prigozy, along with distinguished critics of modern American literature such as Robert Merrill, Alan Cheuse, and James Nagel, and younger scholars like Gerald Pike and Heidi Kunz Bullock. The editor, Jackson R. Bryer, deliberately chose such a diverse group to ensure a variety of critical perspectives. The resulting volume is not the "last word" on these neglected stories; rather, these are the "first words" on stories that will now begin to receive more attention in what will be a continuing discovery of the pleasures in the full range of F. Scott Fitzgerald's fiction.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826210395
Publisher:
University of Missouri Press
Publication date:
03/28/1996
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
A Style Is Born: The Rhetoric of Loss in "The Spire and the Gargoyle"9
"Dalyrimple Goes Wrong": The Best of the Neglected Early Stories24
The Grace of "Benediction"35
Fitzgerald's Christmas Carol, or the Burden of "The Camel's Back"50
"Bernice Bobs Her Hair": Fitzgerald's Jazz Elegy for Little Women58
"John Jackson's Arcady": The Lamentable F. Scott Fitzgerald74
Climbing "Jacob's Ladder"89
Distant Idols: Fate and the Work Ethic in "The Bowl"104
"Outside the Cabinet-Maker's": Fitzgerald's "Ode to a Nightingale"118
The Southern and the Satirical in "The Last of the Belles"130
Fitzgerald's Very "Rough Crossing"138
"The Swimmers": Strokes against the Current151
"Two Wrongs," or One Wrong Too Many165
Flakes of Black Snow: "One Trip Abroad" Reconsidered175
What Fitzgerald Thought of the Jews: Resisting Type in "The Hotel Child"189
An Unsentimental Education: "The Rubber Check"206
"What a Handsome Pair!" and the Institution of Marriage219
Bette Weaver, R.N.: "Her Last Case"232
The Cartoonist, the Nurse, and the Writer: "An Alcoholic Case"244
Recovering "The Lost Decade"253
Initiation and Intertextuality in The Basil and Josephine Stories265
Philippe, "Count of Darkness," and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Feminist?291
Will the Real Pat Hobby Please Stand Up?305
Bibliography339
Notes on the Contributors351
Index357

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >