F. Scott Fitzgerald in the Twenty-First Century

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2003-05-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Alabama Pr
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This thought-provoking collection explores significant new facets of an American author of lasting international stature. As the author of some of the most compelling short stories ever written, two of the central novels in American literature, and some of the most beautiful prose ever penned, F. Scott Fitzgerald is read and studied all over the world. Sixty-two years after his death, his works-protean, provocative, multilayered, and rich-continue to elicit spirited responses. This collection grew out of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Conference that convened in Princeton at the centennial of this author's birth. Bringing together dozens of the world's leading scholars and commentators, the conference and the book celebrate the ever-growing legacy of Fitzgerald's art. The subjects of these 19 essays reflect the contributors' wish to shine new light on less-frequently discussed aspects of Fitzgerald's work. Topics include Fitzgerald's Princeton influences and his expression of Catholic romanticism; his treatments of youth culture, the devil, and waste; parallels in the work of Mencken, Cather, and Murakami; and the ways gender, pastoral mode, humor, and the Civil War are variously presented in his work. One illustrated summary examines Fitzgerald's effect on popular culture through his appearance in the comics. Two broad overviews-one on Fitzgerald's career and another on the final developments in the author's style-round out the collection. The international scope of the contributors to this volume reflects Fitzgerald's worldwide reputation and appeal. With extensive treatments of This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and Damned, The Last Tycoon, and the Pat Hobby stories, this collection makes an unusual and significant contribution to the field of Fitzgerald studies.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements xi
Introduction 1(9)
``Blue as the Sky, Gentlemen'': Fitzgerald's Princeton through The Prince
Anne Margaret Daniel
Princeton, Pragmatism, and Fitzgerald's Sentimental Journey
Edward Gillin
The Catholic Romanticism of This Side of Paradise
Walter Raubicheck
The Devil and F. Scott Fitzgerald
Stephen L. Tanner
Youth Culture and the Spectacle of Waste: This Side of Paradise and The Beautiful and Damned
Kirk Curnutt
Mencken's Defense of Women and the Marriage Plot of The Beautiful and Damned
Michael Nowlin
``One Cannot Both Spend and Have'': The Economics of Gender in Fitzgerald's Josephine Stories
Mary Mcaleer Balkun
Pastoral Mode and Language in The Great Gatsby
Janet Giltrow
David Stouck
F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1937: A Manuscript Study of ``A Full Life''
Horst H. Kruse
F. Scott Fitzgerald and Willa Cather: A New Study
Stanley Brodwin
Noxious Nostalgia: Fitzgerald, Faulkner, and the Legacy of Plantation Fiction
Veronica Makowsky
Thalia Does the Charleston: Humor in the Fiction of F. Scott Fitzgerald
D. G. Kehl
F. Scott Fitzgerald in the Funny Papers: The Commentary of Mickey Mouse and Charlie Brown
M. Thomas Inge
The ``Two Civil Wars'' of F. Scott Fitzgerald
Frederick Wegener
``A Writer for Myself'': F. Scott Fitzgerald and Haruki Murakami
Toshifumi Miyawaki
Pat Hobby and the Fictions of the Hollywood Writer
Christopher Ames
Tune in Next Month: Fitzgerald's Pat Hobby and the Popular Series
Tim Prchal
Fitzgerald: The Authority of Failure
Morris Dickstein
The Last Tycoon and Fitzgerald's Last Style
Milton R. Stern
Works Cited 333(14)
List of Contributors 347(4)
Index 351

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