One of the most widely read writers in the high school curriculum, F. Scott Fitzgerald is the author of the great American novel, The Great Gatsby. While other biographies provide extensive information about Fitzgerald's life and achievements, this volume meets the need of high school students for a concise, accessible, and informative discussion of Fitzgerald and his works. Chapters survey the various periods in his career, and the volume closes with a timeline and bibliography.
Probably the best candidate for the author of the great American novel, F. Scott Fitzgerald is primarily known for his masterpiece, The Great Gatsby. He had fallen out of favor by the time of his death in 1940, while Ernest Hemingway attained worldwide fame. But there has been a tremendous renewal of interest in his works, and he is one of the most important writers in the high school English curriculum. While there are other biographies of Fitzgerald, this work meets the need of high school students for a concise, accessible, and informative survey of Fitzgerald's life and career.
About the Author
Edward J. Rielly is Professor of English at St. Joseph's College. He has published several books on baseball and on popular culture, including The 1960s (Greenwood, 2003) and is the author of some 10 books of poetry.
Table of Contents
The Early Years: St. Paul and Newman Academy (1896-1913)
Princeton University: Promise and Disappointment (1913-1917)
War and Love: Zelda, the Dream Girl (1917-1920)
Early Success: This Side of Paradise and the Jazz Age (1920-1922)
Long Island and The Great Gatsby: "What a grotesque thing a rose is." (1922-1925)
Building Toward the Crash: The End of the Twenties and Zelda's First Breakdown (1925-1930)
Struggling to Endure: Tender is the Night and the Disintegration of a Marriage (1930-1934)
The Crack-Up Period: Fitzgerald Hits Bottom (1934-1937)
Trying to Resurrect the Dream: Hollywood, Sheilah Graham, and The Love of the Last Tycoon (1937-1940)
The Comeback: F. Scott Fitzgerald's Place in American Literature (1940-the Present)
Appendix: The Published Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald