Specially-commissioned essays by major scholars present a clear and comprehensive assessment of F. Scott Fitzgerald. No aspect of his career is overlookedfrom his first novel published in 1920, through his more than 170 short stories, to his last unfinished Hollywood novel. Contributions present the reader with an accessible picture of the background of American social and cultural change in the early decades of the twentieth century. The volume offers readers a complete account of Fitzgerald's work as well as suggestions for further reading.
About the Author
Ruth Prigozy is Professor of English at Hofstra University and Executive Director and Co-Founder of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society. She is the author of F. Scott Fitzgerald: An Illustrated Life, editor of The Great Gatsby, This Side of Paradise, and co-editor of F. Scott Fitzgerald: New Perspective. She has also written many articles on Fitzgerald, Hemingway, J.D. Salinger, D. W. Griffith, and Billy Wilder among others.
Table of Contents
List of contributors; Chronology; List of abbreviations; 1. Introduction: Scott, Zelda, and the culture of celebrity Ruth Prigozy; 2. F. Scott Fitzgerald, age consciousness, and the rise of American youth culture Kirk Curnutt; 3. The question of vocation in This Side of Paradise and The Beautiful and Damned James L. W. West III; 4. The short stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald Bryant Mangum; 5. The Great Gatsby and the twenties Ronald Berman; 6. Tender is the Night and American history Milton R. Stern; 7. Things not in the guidebook: Fitzgerald's expatriate years and the European experience J. Gerald Kennedy; 8. Women in Fitzgerald's fiction Rena Sanderson; 9. Fitzgerald's non-fiction Scott Donaldson; 10. Fitzgerald and Hollywood Alan Margolies; 11. The critical reputation of F. Scott Fitzgerald Jackson R. Bryer; Index.