edited by Jackson R. Bryer, Ruth Prigozy and Milton R. Stern
contributions by Anne M. Daniel, Morris Dickstein, Edward Gillin, Janet Giltrow, D.G. Kehl, Horst H. Kruse, Veronica Makowsky, Toshifumi Miyawaki, Michael Nowlin, Tim Prchal, Walter Raubicheck, David Stouck, Stephen L. Tanner, Frederick Wegener, Milton R. Stern, Mary McAleer Balkun, M. T. Inge, Christopher Ames, Stanley Brodwin and Kirk Curnutt
University of Alabama Press, 2003
eISBN: 978-0-8173-8546-0 | Paper: 978-0-8173-5662-0 | Cloth: 978-0-8173-1216-9
Library of Congress Classification PS3511.I9Z667 1996
Dewey Decimal Classification 813.52

“Edited by three eminent Fitzgerald scholars, this fine book comprises nineteen incisive and provocative essays (most written for this collection) by . . . well-known Fitzgerald critics. The content is as varied as the international origins of its authors.” —Choice

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.