Student's Guide to F. Scott Fitzgerald

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F. Scott Fitzgerald, chronicler of the "Jazz Age," is one of the finest writers in the history of American literature. As both a leading participant and an observer of the times he described, he captured the spirit of an era perhaps as no other writer, before or since, ever has. Today, Fitzgerald's novels, stories, and essays are nearly all recognized as American classics. His novel The Great Gatsby is often described as the "Great American Novel."

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Overview

F. Scott Fitzgerald, chronicler of the "Jazz Age," is one of the finest writers in the history of American literature. As both a leading participant and an observer of the times he described, he captured the spirit of an era perhaps as no other writer, before or since, ever has. Today, Fitzgerald's novels, stories, and essays are nearly all recognized as American classics. His novel The Great Gatsby is often described as the "Great American Novel."

In this Student's Guide to F. Scott Fitzgerald, the career of this literary giant is examined, offering accessible insight for young readers. Each work is placed in historical and biographical context, with special emphasis on Fitzgerald's curriculum-related works such as The Great Gatsby, Tender Is the Night, and The Beautiful and Damned, along with several of his short stories and other works.

An examination of the life and work of American author F. Scott Fitzgerald, whose novel, "The Great Gatsby," is often called "The Great American Novel."

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Children's Literature
The "Understanding Literature" series is a sort of upscale Cliff's Notes for middle and upper school students of literature. Sturdy library binding envelopes a smattering of photos, glossary, chronology, end notes and index. In between—as in Weisbrod's F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a combination of biography, synopses, and brief comments on critical reactions to most of Fitzgerald's works. The writing is geared to the introductory student and occasional sidebars discuss in simple terms pertinent topics such as Prohibition, or words like hedonism. It's a reasonable beginning point, but Weisbrod tends to oversimplify Fitzgerald's life—particularly his childhood—which she insists colored his life as a "poor boy." A look at his cosseted baby photos and the picture of his very proper upper middle-class St. Paul home sends an entirely different message. Fitzgerald was no "poor boy," rather a young man, and later adult, who chose to create his own myths—like Jay Gatsby—to suit his image. 2004, Enslow, Ages 11 up.
—Kathleen Karr
School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-These volumes contain valuable information for students. Diorio outlines Hawthorne's life in New England, his influences, and his major themes. The Scarlet Letter, The House of the Seven Gables, The Marble Faun, and several short stories are discussed in terms of plot, character, themes, and literary devices. Literary terms and other words used in the text are briefly defined and the writing is clear and easy to understand. Weisbrod covers the Jazz Age and the development of Fitzgerald's earliest work, and provides critical information about his most important writings. This Side of Paradise, The Great Gatsby, The Beautiful and the Damned, Tender Is the Night, and some short stories are among the works discussed. Descriptions of his writing style, language, characters, themes, and literary legacy are included. Both books have average-quality, black-and-white photos and reproductions. Welcome additions to literature collections.-Pat Bender, The Shipley School, Bryn Mawr, PA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766022027
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Series: Understanding Literature Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Jazz Age: An introduction to the life and works of F. Scott Fitzgerald 7
2 A Romantic Egotist: The roots and development of Fitzgerald's earliest work 17
3 A Successful Debut: Examining This Side of Paradise 32
4 Selected Short Stories: "The Ice Palace" and "Bernice Bobs Her Hair" 39
5 The End of Innocence: Examining The Beautiful and Damned 56
6 Shattered Dreams: "May Day" and "A Diamond as Big as the Ritz" 74
7 The Great American Novel: Examining The Great Gatsby 95
8 Lost and Wandering: Travels and "The Rich Boy" 114
9 The Darkest Night: Examining Tender Is the Night 125
10 Life and Legacy: The final years and lasting legacy of F. Scott Fitzgerald 136
Chronology 143
Chapter Notes 147
Glossary 153
Major Works by F. Scott Fitzgerald 155
Further Reading 156
Internet Addresses 157
Index 158
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