F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Biography by Edward J. Rielly

F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Biography

Edward J. Rielly
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Probably the best candidate for the author of the great American novel, F. Scott Fitzgerald is primarily known for his masterpiece, The Great Gatsby. He had fallen out of favor by the time of his death in 1940, while Ernest Hemingway attained worldwide fame. But there has been a tremendous renewal of interest in his works, and he is one of the most important writers in the high school English curriculum. While there are other biographies of Fitzgerald, this work meets the need of high school students for a concise, accessible, and informative survey of Fitzgerald's life and career. Because Fitzgerald drew extensively from his own experiences, his life is especially helpful in illuminating his works. This book approaches his life and writings chronologically. It explores how his parents and upbringing shaped his values, how he creatively presented his life experiences in his fiction, and how he participated in and influenced American culture during the Jazz Age of the 1920s. The volume closes with a timeline and bibliography.

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One of the most widely read writers in the high school curriculum, F. Scott Fitzgerald is the author of the great American novel, The Great Gatsby. While other biographies provide extensive information about Fitzgerald's life and achievements, this volume meets the need of high school students for a concise, accessible, and informative discussion of Fitzgerald and his works. Chapters survey the various periods in his career, and the volume closes with a timeline and bibliography. Probably the best candidate for the author of the great American novel, F. Scott Fitzgerald is primarily known for his masterpiece, The Great Gatsby. He had fallen out of favor by the time of his death in 1940, while Ernest Hemingway attained worldwide fame. But there has been a tremendous renewal of interest in his works, and he is one of the most important writers in the high school English curriculum. While there are other biographies of Fitzgerald, this work meets the need of high school students for a concise, accessible, and informative survey of Fitzgerald's life and career.

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EDWARD J. RIELLY is Professor of English at St. Joseph's College of Maine.

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