F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896–1940)

  1. Christopher MacGowan

Published Online: 24 FEB 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444393675.ch14

The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook

The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook

How to Cite

MacGowan, C. (2011) F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896–1940), in The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444393675.ch14

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 FEB 2012
  2. Published Print: 21 JAN 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405160230

Online ISBN: 9781444393675



  • F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896–1940), literary career - divided between 1920s, a period of literary fame and commercial success;
  • Fitzgerald, among the most autobiographical of writers - using his own life as subject matter, in his fiction and non-fiction;
  • Fitzgerald, like Nick Carraway, narrator of The Great Gatsby - from the Midwest, born in St. Paul, Minnesota;
  • The Romantic Egoist,” sent to Scribner's and returned - constructive and thoughtful list of suggested revisions from editor Maxwell Perkins, published as This Side of Paradise;
  • The novel, commercial success - Fitzgerald heralded and condemned, bringing into post-war fiction, spirit of the rebellious young generation;
  • elements of Fitzgerald's fiction - in the years to come, in this novel;
  • Fitzgerald, a popular and highly paid short-story writer - paying for his extravagant lifestyle, that he and Zelda kept up for a decade;
  • Fitzgerald's second novel, The Beautiful and Damned (1922) - the marital breakdown and general decline of the once glamorous and attractive Anthony Patch and his wife Gloria Gilbert;
  • Fitzgerald's last completed novel, Tender Is the Night (1933) - his work on the novel, delayed by false starts, his worsening alcoholism;
  • Taps at Reveille, a collection of short stories - that Fitzgerald published in 1935, barely noticed


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  • Bibliography