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F. Scott Fitzgerald A to Z : the essential reference to his life and work
Tate, Mary Jo.
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Publication Information:
New York : Facts on File, [1998]

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xii, 340 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
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PS3511.I9 Z459 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Contains a vast compendium of information on all the works, along with many biographical details. Includes rare and rarely seen items from the private collection of Matthew J. Bruccoli, Fitzgerald scholar and archivist, including first edition book covers, handwritten notes and letters, photos, man

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Matthew J. Bruccoli, Emily Brown Jefferies Professor of English at the University of South Carolina, is the leading authority on F. Scott Fitzgerald and the authors of the House of Scribner.

(Publisher Provided) Scholar Matthew J. Bruccoli was born in the Bronx in 1931. He graduated with a bachelor's degree from Yale University in 1953 and with a master's degree and a doctorate from the University of Virginia. He taught English at Ohio State University for eight years before joining the English department at the University of South Carolina in 1969. He retired in 2005 after teaching there for almost 40 years. He wrote over 50 books about F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway including Some Sort of Epic Grandeur: The Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald. He also wrote biographies of John O'Hara, James Gould Cozzens and Ross Macdonald, compiled descriptive bibliographies on numerous authors and edited the letters and notebooks of other authors. He died due to glioma, a tumor of the brainstem, on June 4, 2008.

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Reviews 3

Booklist Review

This addition to the publisher's handsome Literary A to Z series chronicles Fitzgerald's life and work, from the Abbot, a character in a series of stories set in the early medieval period, to "Zone of Accident," a story published in the Saturday Evening Post (after two earlier versions were rejected) in 1935. Includes a chronology, an extensive bibliography, and both a category and a general index. Zelda's literary output is covered as well. Other Literary A to Z titles treat Agatha Christie, James Joyce, Mark Twain, Shakespeare, and Virginia Woolf. (Reviewed April 1, 1998)

School Library Journal Review

YA-An essential book for anyone interested in Fitzgerald. This marvelous encyclopedia encompasses not only facts about the writer's life and works, but also his family, his influence (and influences upon him), and even his editors. One need only turn to an alphabetical listing of a title, a character, or even a friend (or associate) to find concise and insightful information. The Great Gatsby is required reading in most high schools today, and this book is the ultimate research tool for anyone interested, either by choice or assignment. Unfortunately, most young adults will explore its gems of information solely because they are compelled to do so. Mature readers, once they begin perusing this excellently written and catalogued work, may find themselves reading everything by Fitzgerald, the addicting voice of not only the "Lost Generation," but of every generation that is emotional or romantic, or both.-William Byrd, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

With over 75 illustrations, this handsomely designed encyclopedia contains a wealth of information about Fitzgerald and his work. Entries are included for "every novel, story, play, essay, and book review; significant poems and public letters; and movie projects." Each entry provides information on an item's first appearance in periodicals as well as its first publication in a Fitzgerald collection. The remaining entries are devoted to fictional characters, friends and associates, places Fitzgerald lived or wrote about, organizations and publications connected with the man and his work, and to special topics such as the Jazz Age and Fitzgerald's critical reception. Entries vary greatly in length, ranging from two-line character identifications to longer, signed articles containing bibliographical references. Entries for novels, like the nine-page article on Tender Is the Night, feature chapter-by chapter synopses. A four-page chronology provides a handy overview of the author's life and times. Primary bibliographies for both Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald and listings of secondary sources round out the volume. Useful for both general readers and scholars, this valuable reference work belongs in all literary reference collections. W. M. Gargan; Brooklyn College, CUNY