The Jazz Age

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A short collection of essays about the Jazz Age by the writer who epitomized it, F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Even theAmerican Heritage Dictionary acknowledges that F. Scott Fitzgerald “epitomized the Jazz Age.” And nowhere among his writings are the gin, pith, and morning-after squint of that era better illuminated than in these short essays. Selected in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Fitzgerald's birth, these candid personal memoirs––one written with his wife, Zelda––furnish ...

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Overview

A short collection of essays about the Jazz Age by the writer who epitomized it, F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Even theAmerican Heritage Dictionary acknowledges that F. Scott Fitzgerald “epitomized the Jazz Age.” And nowhere among his writings are the gin, pith, and morning-after squint of that era better illuminated than in these short essays. Selected in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Fitzgerald's birth, these candid personal memoirs––one written with his wife, Zelda––furnish nothing less than the autobiography of "the lost generation" of the 1920s. "He lacked armor," EL. Doctorow, author of The Waterworks, Ragtime, and Billy Bathgates, notes in his introduction. “He did not live in protective seclusion, as Faulkner. He was not carapaced in self-presentation, as Hemingway. He jumped right into the foolish heart of everything, as he had into the Plaza fountain." The Jazz Age is a celebration of one of the twentieth century's most vital writers.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Commemorating the 100th anniversary of his birth, these essays present a middle-aged Fitzgerald looking back on the era he came to epitomize. Sept.
Library Journal
With September 24 marking what would have been Fitzgerald's 100th birthday, it is fitting that a book bearing his name and entitled The Jazz Age should emerge, for the two are inseparable in the minds of the reading public. This book of five confessional essays from the 1930s follows Scott and Zelda from the height of their celebrity as the darlings of the 1920s to years of rapid decline leading to the self-proclaimed "Crack Up" in 1936. The poetics of Fitzgerald's style are not lost in nonfiction, and these pieces display some of his finest writing. This volume contains an introduction by E.L. Doctorow.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811213332
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Series: Bibelots Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 976,978
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896–1941) was one of the literary titans of the 20th century. A member of the “Lost Generation” of the 1920s, Fitzgerald’s writings best captured what he termed “The Jazz Age,” a period of declining traditional American values, prohibition and speakeasies, and great leaps in modernist trends.

Edgar Lawrence Doctorow is an American author known for his works of historical fiction.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (real name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 24, 1896
    2. Place of Birth:
      St. Paul, Minnesota
    1. Date of Death:
      December 21, 1940

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