Format:
Book
Author:
Brown, David S. (David Scott), 1966- author.
Title:
Paradise lost : a life of F. Scott Fitzgerald / David S. Brown.
Publisher, Date:
Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2017.
©2017
Description:
397 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Summary:
Pigeonholed in popular memory as a Jazz Age epicurean, a playboy, and an emblem of the Lost Generation, F. Scott Fitzgerald was at heart a moralist struck by the nation's shifting mood and manners after World War I. In Paradise Lost, David Brown contends that Fitzgerald's deepest allegiances were to a fading antebellum world he associated with his father's Chesapeake Bay roots. Yet as a midwesterner, an Irish Catholic, and a perpetually in-debt author, he felt like an outsider in the haute bourgeoisie haunts of Lake Forest, Princeton, and Hollywood--places that left an indelible mark on his worldview. In this comprehensive biography, Brown reexamines Fitzgerald's childhood, first loves, and difficult marriage to Zelda Sayre. He looks at Fitzgerald's friendship with Hemingway, the golden years that culminated with Gatsby, and his increasing alcohol abuse and declining fortunes which coincided with Zelda's institutionalization and the nation's economic collapse. Placing Fitzgerald in the company of Progressive intellectuals such as Charles Beard, Randolph Bourne, and Thorstein Veblen, Brown reveals Fitzgerald as a writer with an encompassing historical imagination not suggested by his reputation as "the chronicler of the Jazz Age." His best novels, stories, and essays take the measure of both the immediate moment and the more distant rhythms of capital accumulation, immigration, and sexual politics that were moving America further away from its Protestant agrarian moorings. Fitzgerald wrote powerfully about change in America, Brown shows, because he saw it as the dominant theme in his own family history and life.-- Provided by publisher.
Subjects:
Fitzgerald, F. Scott (Francis Scott), 1896-1940.
Fitzgerald, Zelda, 1900-1948.
Fitzgerald, F. Scott (Francis Scott), 1896-1940.
Fitzgerald, Zelda, 1900-1948.
1900-1999
Nostalgia in literature.
American literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
American literature.
Nostalgia in literature.
Genre:
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Contents:
Introduction: Clio and Scott -- Part I. Beginnings, 1896-1920: Prince and pauper -- Celtic blood -- Forever Princeton -- Golden girl -- Opposites alike -- Part II. Building up, 1920-1925: Trouble in paradise -- Corruptions : the early stories -- The knock-off artist -- Rich boy, poor boy -- The wages of sin : The Beautiful and Damned -- Exile in Great Neck -- After the gold rush : The Great Gatsby -- Part III. Breaking down, 1925-1940 -- Adrift abroad -- Emotional bankruptcy -- Penance -- Far from home -- Jazz Age Jeremiah -- Book of fathers : Tender is the Night -- Purgatory -- De profundis -- Life in a company town -- Sentimental education -- Stahr fall -- Ghosts and legends, 1940 and after -- Zelda after Scott -- Life after death.
LCCN:
2016048811
ISBN:
9780674504820
0674504828
Other Number:
959648871
System Availability:
1
Current Holds:
0
# Local items:
1
Control Number:
347843
Call Number:
813/.52
Course Reserves:
0
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