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F. Scott Fitzgerald

New Perspectives

Jackson R. Bryer

Publication Year: 2000

Years after his death, F. Scott Fitzgerald continues to captivate both the popular and the critical imagination. This collection of essays presents fresh insights into his writing, discussing neglected texts and approaching familiar works from new perspectives.

Seventeen scholarly articles deal not only with Fitzgerald's novels but with his stories and essays as well, considering such topics as the Roman Catholic background of The Beautiful and Damned and the influence of Mark Twain on Fitzgerald's work and self-conception. The volume also features four personal essays by Fitzgerald's friends Budd Schulberg, Frances Kroll Ring, publisher Charles Scribner III, and writer George Garrett that shed new light on his personal and professional lives. Together these contributions demonstrate the continued vitality of Fitzgerald's work and establish new directions for ongoing discussions of his life and writing.

Published by: University of Georgia Press

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. v-vi

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pp. vii-xv

The essays collected in this volume are the outgrowth of the first International F. Scott Fitzgerald Conference, which was held at Hofstra University in 1992 and sponsored by both the university and the recently formed F. Scott Fitzgerald Society. The society was founded...

Part One: Personal Responses

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pp. 1-35

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Remembering Scott

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pp. 3-17

I felt a strange sense of unreality —as if I were in a dream —attending the first International F. Scott Fitzgerald Conference in 1992. But mainly it was Scott s dream that I was experiencing fifty-two years after (how vivid it still seems) being with him in his little apartment...

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Memories of Scott

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pp. 18-21

Some memories play tricks. My memories of Scott Fitzgerald are still vivid after more than fifty years. The effect he had on my life is deep and ongoing not only because continuing interest in him from scholars and biographers have put questions to me about...

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F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Publishers Perspective

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pp. 22-27

F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in 1896. Just as his life bridged two centuries, so his work has a Janus-like aspect, looking back to the romantic lyricism and expansive dreams of nineteenth-century America, and forward to the syncopated jazz strains of our own century...

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The Good Ghost of Scott Fitzgerald

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pp. 28-35

It is easy to forget that not all that long ago, at least measured in the spent years of my own lifetime, a gathering of friends, scholars, and critics to celebrate F. Scott Fitzgerald's work and name would have been almost unimaginable. Not that each and every serious...

Part Two: The Novels

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pp. 37-156

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Princeton as Modernist's Hermeneutics: Rereading This Side of Paradise

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pp. 39-50

Princeton, not Amory Blaine, is the center of This Side of Paradise. Although many critics tend to analyze the text as a bildungsroman, an episodic accounting of a young mans maturation, this first book is better understood as the authors effort to interpret...

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Keats's Lamian Legacy: Romance and the Performance of Gender in The Beautiful and Damned

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pp. 51-62

Elizabeth Kaspar Aldrich has noted that F. Scott Fitzgerald, "more than any other American writer who comes to mind,... is associated in criticism as well as biography with a particular, real woman who was at once wife, muse, model and sometimes...

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Fitzgeralds Catholicism Revisited: The Eucharistic Element in The Beautiful and Damned

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pp. 63-77

While F. Scott Fitzgerald's Catholic background has received some limited critical attention, the bulk of this work tends to resolve itself in fairly vague terms. In exploring Fitzgeralds religious sensibility, Andrew Turnbull discusses his "sense of the infinite" and Irving Malin...

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The Great Gatsby — The Text as Construct: Narrative Knots and Narrative Unfolding

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pp. 78-89

I have always been slightly puzzled about why a novel as carefully constructed as Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby has so many inconsistencies within it. The novel takes on the verbal complexity of a poem, and Fitzgerald skillfully...

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Fitzgerald and Proust: Connoisseurs of Kisses

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pp. 90-101

Nothing seems farther from Fitzgerald's sparseness and allusiveness in The Great Gatsby than the profuse explicitness and the leisurely unfolding of Proust's hyperboles. Fitzgerald and Proust apparently share little in common save, in vastly different...

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Redirecting Fitzgerald's "Gaze": Masculine Perception and Cinematic License in The Great Gatsby

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pp. 102-114

With his move to Hollywood in 1937, F. Scott Fitzgerald's fascination with moving pictures transcended interest in a paycheck; he keenly believed that an understanding of this medium would enable him to compose screenplays of...

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The Rendering of Proper Names, Titles, and Allusions in the French Translations of The Great Gatsby

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pp. 115-129

Fitzgerald was a lover of names. The list of Gatsby's guests at the beginning of chapter 4 of The Great Gatsby is a well-known illustration of this interest. Less conspicuous are the other names in the book, including place names, some fictional...

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Tourism and Modernity in Tender Is the Night

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pp. 130-141

In addition to all of the other things it is, Tender Is the Night is a novel about tourism. Much of it is devoted to a representation of the ways in which Americans traveled through and experienced Europe in the 1920s, during an American tourist invasion that swamped...

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Fitzgerald's Use of History in The Last Tycoon

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pp. 142-156

Fitzgerald scholars have long been aware that a large part of Fitzgerald s "magic suggestiveness" comes from the unique blending of time, place, and character set against the larger framework of history and specific references to recognizable...

Part Three: The Stories and Essays

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pp. 157-249

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Tamed or Idealized: Judy Jones's Dilemma in "Winter Dreams"

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pp. 159-172

Critics, especially feminist ones, have recently been taking a closer look at the female characters in F. Scott Fitzgerald's fiction, and several have found an author who, as one critic says, is "extremely unsympathetic" toward those characters...

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Inside "Outside the Cabinet-Maker's"

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pp. 173-179

Scott Fitzgerald's short-short story "Outside the Cabinet-Makers"has been neglected in part because its availability has been limited. Written in 1927 and published in Century Magazine in December 1928 for merely $150 after it had been rejected...

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Whose "Babylon Revisited" Are We Teaching? Cowleys Fortunate Corruption — and Others Not So Fortunate

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pp. 180-191

Although F. Scott Fitzgerald's novels have long benefited from the crusading efforts of textual critic Matthew J. Bruccoli, Fitzgerald s short stories, most of them published initially in popular magazines of the 1920s and 1930s, have received relatively little textual attention...

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Art and Autobiography in Fitzgerald's "Babylon Revisited"

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pp. 192-202

"Babylon Revisited'' is F. Scott Fitzgerald's most acclaimed short story. That it is also one of his best is due to his brilliant stylistic and structural control1 and the haunting complexity of the main character, Charlie Wales, alias Charles J. Wales of Prague. In his creation...

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Fitzgerald's "Crack-up" Essays Revisited: Fictions of the Self, Mirrors for a Nation

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pp. 203-215

Almost everyone interested in understanding Fitzgerald's career in the 1930s has recognized some certain significance in the "Crack-up" essays (published in Esquire in February, March, and April 1936). Literary criticism being what it is...

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Going Toward the Flame: Reading Allusions in the Esquire Stories

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pp. 216-230

The allusions in Fitzgerald's Esquire stories published between 1935 and 1940, as well as others published posthumously, create a subtext that deepens our understanding of Fitzgerald's personal and artistic angst during those final years when he...

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A Dark Ill-Lighted Place: Fitzgerald and Hemingway, Philippe Count of Darkness and Philip Counter-Espionage Agent

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pp. 231-249

In this essay, with its tripartite division, I am concerned, first, to reassess the matter of Philippe, the most neglected fiction in the Fitzgerald canon; second, to open a new line of inquiry through consideration of the Catholic resonances and modalities...

Part Four: Toward an American Tradition

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pp. 251-267

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Fitzgerald's Twain

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pp. 253-267

In The Far Side of Paradise, Arthur Mizener offered an insight that still merits attention: "At every stage of his career F. Scott Fitzgerald made a hero out of the most representative and brilliant man he knew." Before college Fitzgerald had found idols...

Notes on Contributors

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pp. 269-272


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pp. 273-276

E-ISBN-13: 9780820343549
E-ISBN-10: 0820321877
Print-ISBN-13: 9780820321875

Page Count: 296
Publication Year: 2000