A Historical Guide to F. Scott Fitzgerald

Paperback | December 21, 2004

EditorKirk Curnutt

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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 frequentlyanthologized 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 hasfocused 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 aself-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, newlycommissioned 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 itstreatment of the New Woman, and the aftereffects of World War I all document the depth and breadth of Fitzgerald's thinking.

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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 frequentlyanthologized short stories ("Babylon Revisited," "...

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

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 5.39 × 8.11 × 0.79 inPublished:December 21, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Kirk Curnutt: IntroductionJackson R. Bryer: F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1896-1940: A Brief BiographyFitzgerald in His Time1. James L. W. West III: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Professional Author2. Ronald Berman: Fitzgerald's Intellectual Context3. Kirk Curnutt: Fitzgerald's Consumer World4. Ruth Prigozy: Fitzgerald's Flappers and Flapper Films of the Jazz Age: Behind the Morality5. James H. Meredith: Fitzgerald and WarIllustrated ChronologyAlbert J. DeFazio III: Bibliographical Essay: The Contours of Fitzgerald's Second ActContributorsIndex

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"A Historical Guide to F. Scott Fitzgerald will prove useful for academics, graduate students, and even undergraduates engaged in learning more about the Jazz Age America that inspired Fitzgerald's fiction. In particular, the volume's brief biography and illustrated chronology will serve asvaluable teaching tools in an undergraduate survey, in which historical context is often sacrificed for broader literary coverage. Curnutt and his contributors have provided excellent examples of how combining literary studies, history, and cultural studies can produce vibrant images and importantinsights into a world almost forgotten."--Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association