A Historical Guide to F. Scott Fitzgerald - Historical Guides to American Authors (Paperback)Kirk Curnutt (editor)
Paperback 296 Pages / Published: 28/10/2004
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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 spokesm
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 296
Weight: 331 g
Dimensions: 208 x 138 x 20 mm
"Restores Fitzgerald to his literary, intellectual, and cultural contexts.... Delightfully jargon-free and fulfilling its brief to provide an interdisciplinary and historically sensitive context for Fitzgerald's work, the collection also contains much perceptive close reading of the novels and stories.... Curnutt's own rather dazzling contribution to the collection explores Fitzgerald's ambiguous attitude towards consumerism.... A superb illustrated chronology and bibliographical essay completes a worthy volume." * Times Literary Supplement *
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