In this Book

summary
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby occupies a preeminent place in American letters. Scholars have argued that Jay Gatsby is, in fact, the embodiment of American culture and social aspiration. Though The Great Gatsby has been studied in detail since its publication, both readers and scholars have continued to speculate about Fitzgerald’s sources of inspiration.
 
The essays in F. Scott Fitzgerald at Work examine fresh facts that illuminate the experiences and source materials upon which Fitzgerald based this quintessentially American masterpiece. They confirm author Horst Kruse’s view that Fitzgerald’s flights of fancy, even at their most spectacular, are firmly grounded in biographical experience as well as in the social, literary, and philosophical circumstances of his era.
 
In the first essay, Kruse reconstructs the life story of the individual who allegedly inspired the character of Jay Gatsby: Max von Gerlach. Kruse recounts his journeys to various archives and libraries in the United States as well as in Germany to unearth new facts about the genesis of the Gatsby characters. In another journey, readers travel with Kruse to Long Island to explore its physical and moral geography in relation to Fitzgerald, specifically the role of certain elite Long Island families in the advancement of the “science of eugenics” movement. The final two essays take Kruse across the globe to various destinations to consider the broader place of The Great Gatsby in American and international intellectual history.
 
Replete with fascinating discoveries and insights, F. Scott Fitzgerald at Work both corrects previous assumptions about The Great Gatsby and deepens our appreciation and understanding of Fitzgerald‘s imagination.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. restricted access Download |
  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. restricted access Download |
  1. Contents
  2. restricted access Download |
  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-viii
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xiv
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-3
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Chapter 1. Max von Gerlach, the Man Behind Jay Gatsby: A German Immigrant Story and Its Impact on the Composition of The Great Gatsby
  2. pp. 4-73
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Chapter 2. Dinner at the Buchanans’: Eugenics and the Beginning of The Great Gatsby
  2. pp. 74-96
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Chapter 3. The Great Gatsby: A View from Kant’s Window—Transatlantic Crosscurrents
  2. pp. 97-105
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Chapter 4. Once by the Atlantic: Nick Carraway’s Meditation on the Course of History and Its Ideological Context
  2. pp. 106-120
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Notes
  2. pp. 121-134
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 135-148
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Index
  2. pp. 149-154
  3. restricted access Download |

Additional Information

ISBN
9780817387709
Print ISBN
9780817318390
MARC Record
OCLC
887503662
Pages
168
Launched on MUSE
2014-08-28
Language
English
Open Access
N
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.