Reader's Companion To F. Scott Fitgerald's Tender Is The Night

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Tender Is the Night, the novel F. Scott Fitzgerald worked longest and hardest on, has not achieved its proper recognition because the text is peppered with errors and chronological inconsistencies. Moreover, the novel has a concentration of references to people, places, and events that most readers no longer recognize. In Reader's Companion to F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Tender Is the Night," Matthew J. Bruccoli corrects the errors and explains the factual details. He also offers a selection of maps, photos, ...
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Overview

Tender Is the Night, the novel F. Scott Fitzgerald worked longest and hardest on, has not achieved its proper recognition because the text is peppered with errors and chronological inconsistencies. Moreover, the novel has a concentration of references to people, places, and events that most readers no longer recognize. In Reader's Companion to F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Tender Is the Night," Matthew J. Bruccoli corrects the errors and explains the factual details. He also offers a selection of maps, photos, correspondence, and notes that demystify the writing of one of literature's most misunderstood - and underrated - masterpieces. Bruccoli's substantial introduction reconstructs the composition, publication, and initial reception of the novel Fitzgerald forecast so enthusiastically when he wrote to his editor Maxwell Perkins in 1925. Bruccoli chronicles the novel's varied commencements, explains Fitzgerald's final approach to the novel, and addresses key criticisms of the work. Noting that discussion of Tender Is the Night habitually returns to its initial reception, Bruccoli refutes the common belief that the novel failed in 1934 because of a critical conspiracy. He describes Fitzgerald's brooding over the novel's stillbirth and his unsuccessful efforts to republish it in amended form. Comparing Fitzgerald's plan for restructuring the novel with Malcolm Cowley's 1951 edition, Bruccoli assesses the limited impact of the revised novel. After debunking widely held myths and placing the novel in its cultural context, Bruccoli takes readers line by line through the text to clarify characters, terms, geography, and chronology. He answers questions posed by undergraduate and graduate students, high-school and college teachers, general readers, and teachers at foreign universities. In making the text accessible to all readers, Bruccoli restores Tender Is the Night to its proper position in the Fitzgerald canon.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
As Bruccoli points out in his introduction, this is not a critical study: it does not analyze the putative meanings of Tender Is the Night. Instead, Bruccoli aims to explore briefly the novel's genesis, creation, publication, and aftermath. The main course of this feast, however, is a lengthy section of explanatory notes on Tender's numerous references. The text is additionally buttressed with photos and illustrations as well as a time scheme and chronology of events. Bruccoli's presentation is thorough without being pedantic, making this quite readable by scholars and students alike. One only hopes that someday this material will be shuffled with Fitzgerald's novel for a long-overdue annotated edition of this greatly underrated work. Academic libraries supporting American literature curricula cannot afford to be without this book. Highly recommended.-Michael Rogers, "Library Journal"
Booknews
A reader's guide to the Fitzgerald novel peppered with chronological inconsistencies and references to people, places, and events that most readers no longer recognize. Reconstructs the novel's composition, publication, and initial reception, addresses key criticisms of the work, and compares Fitzgerald's plan for restructuring the novel with Malcolm Cowley's 1951 edition, offering line-by-line clarification of characters, terms, and chronology. Includes b&w photos and original illustrations, and appendices on revisions and deleted material. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570032233
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1997
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Composition 1
2 Editing and Publication 24
3 Reception 28
4 "The Author's Final Version" 37
Explanatory Notes 49
Editorial Rationale 150
Emendations 157
Time Scheme 184
Chronology 188
Appendices 194
A Dust-Jacket Illustration 194
B Revisions in Fitzgerald's Marked Copy for "The Author's Final Version" 196
C Material Deleted between Magazine Serialization and Book Publication 199
D F. Scott Fitzgerald's Use of Story Strippings in Tender Is the Night 211
Bibliography 260
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