Music In The Works Of F. Scott Fitzgerald: Unheard Melodies by Anthony J. BerretMusic In The Works Of F. Scott Fitzgerald: Unheard Melodies by Anthony J. Berret

Music In The Works Of F. Scott Fitzgerald: Unheard Melodies

byAnthony J. Berret

Hardcover | September 20, 2013

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Music in the Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald illustrates and analyzes the ways in which Fitzgerald integrated music with literature through his entire writing career, from his early Triangle Club lyrics to his later Hollywood screenplays, but most significantly in the novels and short stories for which he is most famous.Growing up during the first resonating outbursts of popular music-the ragtime era and the jazz age-Fitzgerald filled his fiction with popular songs to express the topics, mores, and energy of his times. As the years passed from World War I to the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression, these songs brought to his work the varying effects that they had on a mass society: stimulation, romance, nostalgia, and consolation. The songs also contributed to the modernist traits of his style by creating a mixed-media texture and allusive openings to shows or movies in which the songs appeared. Although popular culture seemed appealing, Fitzgerald constantly worried about how it affected the stature of his works. He carefully distinguished between his popular short stories and his classic novels. But just as songs incorporated popular culture into his works, so other musical qualities, which came to him from classical music by means of poetry, furnished imagery, and structure that enhanced the classic value of his novels. Even from his later work on screenplays, which he considered a low type of writing, Fitzgerald learned to transform the art and industry of film into fitting material for what could have been his last classic novel, and music provided both popular and classical elements to advance this effort.Fitzgerald experienced and appreciated the lively new music of his time. In his writing he preserved, organized, and interpreted it for future generations.
Anthony J. Berret, SJ, teaches English and American literature at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia.
Title:Music In The Works Of F. Scott Fitzgerald: Unheard MelodiesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:292 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:September 20, 2013Publisher:Fairleigh Dickinson University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1611475686

ISBN - 13:9781611475685


Table of Contents

ContentsIntroductionChapter One: Lyrics and LibrettosThe Triangle ShowsThe Ragtime EraThe Triangle ShowsChapter Two: Music, Poetry, and the NovelThis Side of ParadiseRomantic MusicPreparatory to the Great AdventureThe End of SummerChapter Three: Books and MagazinesShort Stories IFlappers and PhilosophersThe Jazz AgeSad Young MenChapter Four: From Novel to Musical ComedyThe Beautiful and Damned and The VegetableLyric TenorRagtime KidMoral DeclineFrom President to PostmanChapter Five: Popular ClassicThe Great GatsbyMusical SoundsJazz History of the WorldThe Sheik of ArabyThe Love Nest and Ain't We Got FunThree O'Clock in the MorningMendelssohn's Wedding MarchBeale Street BluesThe RosaryChapter Six: Romance and PerfectionShort Stories IIScandal DetectiveEmotional BankruptChronic AffectionChapter Seven: Pathology and DeclineTender Is the NightCarnival of AffectionLost YouthFading EmpireChapter Eight: Accompaniments and SoundtracksHollywood Writings and The Last TycoonScreenplaysShort StoriesThe Last TycoonConclusionWorks CitedBooks and ArticlesSheet Music, Collections, Web RecordingsMusical Comedies, Operas, Musical Films, and Longer PiecesAbout the Author

Editorial Reviews

Berret's engaging book shows just how rewarding such musical excavation can be when combined with a cultural studies approach. It functions as a highly worthwhile entry point for new scholars of Fitzgerald, and rewards existing scholars' attention. It is essential reading for anyone who is interested in the multifaceted, modernist traits of Fitzgerald's style, and his personal struggles between his identity as a Post author and his novel-writing career. Berret seeks to enable Fitzgerald's music to be heard, and 'to have a distinct and meaningful voice in the literary text.' In this endeavor, he has certainly succeeded.