Rereading F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Authors Who Shaped His Style
It has long been assumed that F. Scott Fitzgerald was inspired by American and British sources, however, this study takes the first look at continental literature as a possible source of Fitzgerald's writing and finds that there was massive borrowing. Most saliently, the vast the influence of Alain-Fornier's "Le grand Meaulnes" on Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" is demonstrated in detail for the first time, while other chapters consider the influence of Tolstoy, Ibsen and Strindberg on Fitzgerald's fiction. Though largely focused on "The Great Gatsby", this study does cover the full life and work of this important American author who continues to draw in new readers every year with his Roaring Twenties version of the "American Dream".
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What Reviewers Are Saying
"Reader beware! Just when you thought it was safe to go into a bookstore or library again or when the remnants of the "Jazz Age" had been sold off at some literary rummage sale; just when it looked as if everything that could possibly be said about the great American author had been said, along comes Dr. Edward Ford with a 'rereading' of Fitzgerald's works. All of a sudden the old themes are looked over again, and once more there appears to be something new to say about Fitzgerald." - Dr. Lyman L. Leathers Emeritus Professor Ohio Wesleyan University "This book sets Fitzgerald's fiction, particularly The Great Gatsby, in informative and original contexts by demonstrating the many influences upon his works, thus correcting the mistaken but widespread impression that Fitzgerald was a semi-lettered, 'natural' writer. Instead, Dr. Ford shows Fitzgerald to be a widely-read, astute and clever writer who absorbed literary influences... and adapted them to his own various literary purposes... Dr. Ford's approach is original and insightful..." - Professor Shaun O'Connell Department of English University of Massachusetts Boston"