19. The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald: Structure, Narrative Technique, Style

  1. Alfred Bendixen Professor founder Executive Director2 and
  2. James Nagel Professor Rockefeller Fellow3
  1. Kirk Curnutt Professor Chair

Published Online: 16 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444319910.ch19

A Companion to the American Short Story

A Companion to the American Short Story

How to Cite

Curnutt, K. (2010) The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald: Structure, Narrative Technique, Style, in A Companion to the American Short Story (eds A. Bendixen and J. Nagel), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444319910.ch19

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Texas A&M University, USA

  2. 3

    University of Georgia, USA

Author Information

  1. Troy University Montgomery, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 19 FEB 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405115438

Online ISBN: 9781444319910

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Keywords:

  • short stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald - structure, narrative technique, style;
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald, acknowledging his tenuous place in canon of American short fiction;
  • The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald: A New Collection (1989) - true for genre specialists today;
  • Fitzgerald, prone to grievous storytelling foible of post-Flaubertian prose;
  • Fitzgerald proving to be a prolific story writer - best story ideas, coming to him as complete structures;
  • “Benediction” - truly one of Fitzgerald's overlooked gems, being illustrative;
  • in Fitzgerald's most compelling stories - the Freytag structure, characterological concern at which the author excelled, testing of moral fiber;
  • narrative technique point of view - and the animadversions of direct address;
  • great tragedy of Fitzgerald's career - as a story writer, was not that he toiled for commercial periodicals

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Structure, Form, Plot

  • Narrative Technique, Point of View, and the Animadversions of Direct Address

  • Exclamatory Style: Romantic Rhapsodies versus Modernist Irony

  • References and Further Reading