Gatsby's Oxford: Scott, Zelda, and the Jazz Age Invasion of Britain: 1904-1929

Gatsby's Oxford: Scott, Zelda, and the Jazz Age Invasion of Britain: 1904-1929

by Christopher A Snyder

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Overview

The story of F. Scott Fitzgerald's creation of Jay Gatsby—war hero and Oxford man—at the beginning of the Jazz Age, when the City of Dreaming Spires attracted an astounding array of intellectuals, including the Inklings, W.B. Yeats, and T.S. Eliot.

A diverse group of Americans came to Oxford in the first quarter of the twentieth century—the Jazz Age—when the Rhodes Scholar program had just begun and the Great War had enveloped much of Europe. Scott Fitzgerald created his most memorable character—Jay Gatsby—shortly after his and Zelda’s visit to Oxford. Fitzgerald’s creation is a cultural reflection of the aspirations of many Americans who came to the University of Oxford.

Beginning in 1904, when the first American Rhodes Scholars arrived in Oxford, this book chronicles the experiences of Americans in Oxford through the Great War to the beginning of the Great Depression. This period is interpreted through the pages of The Great Gatsby, producing a vivid cultural history. Archival material covering Scholars who came to Oxford during Trinity Term 1919—when Jay Gatsby claims he studied at Oxford—enables the narrative to illuminate a detailed portrait of what a “historical Gatsby” would have looked like, what he would have experienced at the postwar university, and who he would have encountered around Oxford—an impressive array of artists including W.B. Yeats, Virginia Woolf, Aldous Huxley, and C.S. Lewis.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781643131092
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
File size: 25 MB
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About the Author

Christopher A. Snyder is Founding Dean of the Shackouls Honors College at Mississippi State University and Professor of European History. He is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. He is the author of eight books, including The Making of Middle-earth: A New Look Inside the World of J.R.R. Tolkien, following seven years of research at Oxford, where he has lectured American honors students since 2007. Dr. Snyder also lectures frequently at the Smithsonian Institution and has appeared on the History Channel, Discovery, the National Geographic Channel, and the BBC. He lives in Starkville, Mississippi.

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Christopher A. Snyder is the Founding Dean of the Shackouls Honors College at Mississippi State University and Professor of European History. He is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. He is the author of eight books, including The Making of Middle-earth: A New Look Inside the World of J.R.R. Tolkien, following seven years of research at Oxford, where he has lectured American honors students since 2007. Dr. Snyder also lectures frequently at the Smithsonian Institution and has appeared on the History Channel, Discovery, the National Geographic Channel, and the BBC. He lives in Starkville, Mississippi. For rights inquiries, please contact Christopher Snyder's literary agent: Mark Gottlieb Literary Agent Trident Media Group mgottlieb@tridentmediagroup.com (212) 333-1506 https://www.tridentmediagroup.com/?

Table of Contents

Map Of Oxford Ca. 1919 ix

Glossary Of Oxford Terms xi

Preface xv

1 Jay Gatsby: An Oxford Man 1

2 "Our Young Barbarians All At Play": Oxford From Percy Shelley To Oscar Wilde 18

3 "Old Sport": The First American Rhodes Scholars 49

4 "Modish Negroes" And Mr. Wolfsheim: Alain Locke, Horace Kallen, And Cultural Pluralism 74

5 An American At Merton College: T. S. Eliot, Garsington, And The Women Of Oxford 100

6 Major Gatsby In Trinity Quad: Oxford And The Great War 119

7 The Castle And The Grail: J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, And Modern Medievalism 144

8 "A Meadow Lark Among The Smoke Stacks": Oxford And Princeton 179

9 Scott And 2Elda, Meet The Churchills 199

10 England's Jazz Age: Evelyn Waugh And The Bright Young People 220

11 Dreaming In Oxford 249

Appendix A Oxford Writers, Ca. 1829-1929 261

Appendix B A.E.F. Soldier-Students At British Universities, 1919 265

Bibliography 267

Endnotes 283

Acknowledgments 325

Image Sources 329

Index 331

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