Public domain photograph of F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1937,
by Carl Van Vechten

F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940)

A selective list of online literary criticism and analysis for the twentieth-century American novelist and short story writer F. Scott Fitzgerald, favoring signed articles by recognized scholars and articles published in peer-reviewed sources


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"A brief life of Fitzgerald." A short biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald by Matthew J. Bruccoli (Bruccoli is the author of the most respected biography of Fitzgerald, Some Sort of Epic Grandeur). See also F. Scott Fitzgerald Society. The Society has an informative web site for Fitzgerald research, including excellent bibliographies of the writings of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, recommended links to online texts of Fitzgerald's work, and much more.

"Biographies" of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Fitzgerald. From PBS.

"F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby." A brief introduction to Fitzgerald and to The Great Gatsby from C-Span American Writers.

"F. Scott Fitzgerald." A very short introduction to Fitzgerald. From the educational publisher Heath Anthology of American Literature. Also from Heath, a brief F. Scott Fitzgerald teaching guide, ed. by John F. Callahan and John Alberti.

"F. Scott Fitzgerald Centenary web site." From the University of South Carolina [not recently updated].

"Hemingway, the Fitzgeralds, and the Lost Generation: An Interview with Kirk Curnutt." Prof. Curnutt, the author of A Historical Guide to F Scott Fitzgerald, talks about the special situation of post-World War I American expatriates in France.

The Great Gatsby. Selected for "The Big Read," Erika Koss, editor. Contents: Readers Guide contains Introduction, Historical Context, About the Author, Other Works/Adaptations, Discussion Questions, Bibliography; Teacher's Guide contains Schedule/Lesson Plans, Capstone Project Ideas, Essay Topics; and an audio radio program. National Endowment for the Arts.

"Great Scott." A PBS Newshour interview with Prof. Matthew Bruccoli and author Joseph Heller, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Fitzgerald's birth.

An F. Scott Fitzgerald timeline created by Minnesota Public Radio.

"Fitzgerald's Radiant World," by Thomas Flanagan. The New York Review of Books, 21 December 2000.

Daniel, Anne M. "F. Scott Fitzgerald." A substantial introduction to F. Scott Fitzgerald from the Literary Encyclopedia. The Literary Encyclopedia is a database that provides signed literary criticism by experts in their field, and is available to individuals for a reasonably-priced subscription [subscription service].

"F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Age of Excess." From a history web site that provides cultural and historical context for important American novels, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History [sub ser].


The Great Gatsby literary criticism

Beuka, Robert. Preview of Prof. Beuka's American Icon: Fitzgerald's 'The Great Gatsby' in Critical and Cultural Context (Boydell & Brewer 2011) [jstor book preview].

Bruccoli, Matthew J. "The Publishing Process and the Correction of Factual Errors – with Reference to The Great Gatsby." Prof. Bruccoli examines the editor's role in preparing a critical edition. Univ. of S. Carolina Fitzgerald Centenary web site.

Callahan, John F. "F. Scott Fitzgerald's Evolving American Dream: The 'Pursuit of Happiness' in The Great Gatsby, Tender is the Night, and The Last Tycoon." Twentieth Century Literature 42, 3 (Autumn 1996) pp 374-95 [free at jstor, click "Preview" or "Read Online"].

Canterbery, E. Ray "Thorstein Veblen and The Great Gatsby." Canterbery contends that "much of the socioeconomic satire informing The Great Gatsby" reflects the influence of "that earlier adversary of conspicuous consumption and pecuniary emulation, Thorstein Veblen." Journal of Economic Issues 33, 2 (June 1999) pp 297-304 [free at jstor, click "Preview" or "Read Online"].

Coleman, Dan. "Gatsby and the Dynamics of Dialogue." Style 34, 1 (Spring 2000) [questia sub ser, substantial preview].

Kehl, D.G. "Writing the Long Desire: The Function of Sehnsucht in The Great Gatsby and Look Homeward, Angel" [and Thomas Wolfe]. On the mood of longing, homesickness, and nostalgia that is found in much modern American literature. Journal of Modern Literature 24, 2 (Winter 2000/2001) pp 309-19 [free at jstor, click "Preview" or "Read Online"].

Margolies, Alan "The Maturing of F. Scott Fitzgerald." Twentieth Century Literature 43, 1 (Spring 1997) pp 75-93 [free at jstor, click "Preview" or "Read Online"].

Scribner, Charles, III. Celestial Eyes: From Metamorphosis to Masterpiece." On the famous dust jackets for The Great Gatsby, "the most celebrated-and widely disseminated-jacket art in twentieth-century American literature, and perhaps of all time." Univ. of S. Carolina Fitzgerald Centenary web site.

Will, Barbara. "The Great Gatsby and the Obscene Word." College Literature32, 4 (Fall 2005) pp 125-44 [jstor preview or purchase].

"The Critical Reception of The Great Gatsby." Summarizes critics attitudes towards The Great Gatsby from its original publication to the present, with credible footnotes. At Salem Press.


other literary criticism

Berman, Ronald. Modernity and Progress: Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Orwell (U of Alabama P 2005) [complete book at questia sub ser].

Cunningham, Frank E. "F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Problem of Film Adaptation." Literature Film Quarterly 28, 3 (Jan. 2000) [questia sub ser].

Donaldson, Scott. Preview of Prof. Donaldson's Fitzgerald and Hemingway: Works and Days (Columbia UP 2009) [jstor book preview].

Donaldson, Scott. "Scott Fitzgerald's Romance with the South." The Southern Literary Journal 5, 2 (Spring 1973) pp 3-17 [free at jstor, click "Preview" or "Read Online"].

Jolliff, William G. "The Damnation of Bryan Dalyrimple-and Theron Ware: F. Scott Fitzgerald's Debt to Harold Frederic." On Fitzgerald's debt to the fin de siecle American naturalists. Studies in Short Fiction 35, 1 (Winter 1998) [questia sub ser].

Kazin, Alfred, ed. F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Man and His Work (1951) [complete book at questia sub ser].

Kennedy, J. Gerald. "Modernism as Exile: Fitzgerald, Barnes, and the Unreal City." From Imagining Paris: Exile, Writing, and American Identity, 1993 [enotes sub ser].

Moss, Robert F. "Ross Macdonald's Marked Copy of The Portable F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Study of Influence." On the notes made by mystery-writer Ross MacDonald in his copy of The Great Gatsby. Univ. of S. Carolina Fitzgerald Centenary web site.

Nowlin, Michael. "'The World's Rarest Work': Modernism and Masculinity in Fitzgerald's Tender is the Night." College Literature 25, 2 (Spring 1998) pp 58-77 [jstor preview or purchase].

Prigozy, Ruth. "'Poor Butterfly': F. Scott Fitzgerald and Popular Music." On Fitzgerald's interest in the music of his time. Prospects 2 (Oct. 1977) pp 41-67 [abstract or purchase from Cambridge UP].

Ullrich, David W. "Memorials and Monuments: Historical Method and the Construction of Memory in F. Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Ice Palace.'" Studies in Short Fiction 36, 4 (Fall 1999) [questia sub ser, substantial preview].


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