A Historical Guide to F. Scott Fitzgerald

A Historical Guide to F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Although perceived in his own day as a lightweight chronicler of 1920s trends and fads, F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) is now recognized as one of the most important writers of the twentieth century. Whether for his classic novels (The Great Gatsby, Tender is the Night), his frequently anthologized short stories ("Babylon Revisited," "Bernice Bobs Her Hair"), or his searing essays of personal examination (The Crack-Up), Fitzgerald is rightly celebrated as a master stylist who plumbs the depths of love, loss, and longing. Unfortunately, much of the interest in Fitzgerald has focused on biographical concerns, including his meteoric rise to fame, his tempestuous marriage to quintessential flapper Zelda Sayre, his rivalry with Ernest Hemingway, and his tragic descent into alcoholism and depression. The resulting, somewhat distorted, image of Fitzgerald has been that of as a self-destructive literary playboy. Even scholarly treatments of the author have tended to depict him as a mere spokesman for the Lost Generation, a symbol of the excesses of his era, without properly appreciating the range of his writing or his intellect.This volume of historically minded, newly commissioned essays looks beyond the Jazz Age facade to topics that reveal how Fitzgerald's work both illumines and challenges conceptions of his milieu. Studies of the literary marketplace of the 1920s, the influence of public intellectuals such as Walter Lippmann and H. L. Mencken, film and its treatment of the New Woman, and the after effects of World War I all document the depth and breadth of Fitzgerald's thinking.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 294 pages
  • 139.7 x 210.8 x 27.9mm | 340.2g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • numerous halftones
  • 0195153022
  • 9780195153026

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Scott Fitzgerald: A historical guide restores Fitzgerald to his literary, intellectual and cultural contexts. TLSshow more

About Kirk Curnutt

Kirk Curnutt is Professor of English at Troy State University Montgomery.show more

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