The Jazz Age

The Jazz Age

by F. Scott Fitzgerald
     
 

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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 Dictionaryacknowledges 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

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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 Dictionaryacknowledges 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 ofThe Waterworks,Ragtime, andBilly 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 Ageis 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811213332
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
09/28/1996
Series:
Bibelots Series
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
1,157,539
Product dimensions:
4.80(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author

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.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 24, 1896
Date of Death:
December 21, 1940
Place of Birth:
St. Paul, Minnesota
Education:
Princeton University

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