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F. Scott Fitzgerald
Bloom, Harold.
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Broomall, PA : Chelsea House, [2000]

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87 pages ; 24 cm.
Biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald -- Plot summary of The great Gatsby -- List of characters in The great Gatsby -- Critical views on the great Gatsby: -- Malcom Cowley on different forms of wealth -- Robert Ornstein on the symbolism of the East and the West -- Marius Bewley on the two levels of Daisy Buchanan -- Henry Dan Piper on the odor of mortality -- Leo Marx on the pattern of pastoralism -- David Parker on two versions of the hero -- Ron Neuhaus on the narrator of Gatsby -- Keath Fraser on a "Man's Book" -- Irving S. Saposnik on the car and car culture -- Susan Resneck Parr on the search for order -- Michael Holquist on the oxymoron -- Richard Lehan on allusions to The waste land -- Mitchell Breitwieser oon Gatsby as a statement of America -- David L. Minter on Gatsby's failure -- Gary Scrimeour on Gatsby and Conrad's Kurtz -- Ronald Berman on the new agenda of the twenties -- Walter Benn Michaels on race and racism -- Plot summary of Tender is the night -- List of characters in Tender is the night -- Critical views on Tender is the night: -- John Chamberlain on Fitzgerald's false start -- Alfred Kazin on Fitzgerald's view of the rich -- Robert Stanton on the incest motif -- William Doherty on Keat's influence -- Arthur Mizener on life among the rich -- Alan Trachtenberg on separate points of view -- James Gindin on Diver's failure -- Mary E. Burton on Freudian theory -- Edwin T. Arnold on movies as metapahor -- Brian Way on acts of violence -- Ronald J. Gervais on socialism and capitalism -- Judith Fetterly on sexual politics -- Gene D. Phillips on the outcome for Diver -- Sarah Beebe Fryer on women's powerlessness -- John William Crowley on the drunkard's holiday.
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Harold Bloom was awarded the 1999 Gold Medal for Belles Lettres and Criticism by the American Academy of Arts and Letters

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Booklist Review

Gr. 9^-12. Intended as "comprehensive research and study guides" to the best of each author's works, books in Bloom's Major Novelists series offer biographical, critical, and bibliographical information on novels considered classics. In these volumes, the biographical information is brief, but it provides insight into the personal backgrounds and philosophical leanings of each writer. Sections designated "Plot Summary" are a bit misleading as they contain more commentary than story summation; character descriptions are expertly done in Fitzgerald but only adequate in Faulkner. Not surprisingly, the strongest sections are the analyses. Encapsulations of major critical essays (usually two pages each) cover important themes that students need to understand to appreciate the works. The Great Gatsby and Tender Is the Night are successfully covered in the Fitzgerald volume; coverage is not as thorough in Faulkner as it deals with more works--Light in August, The Sound and the Fury, and, especially, Absalom, Absalom! Each volume ends with a list of works by and about the author. --Roger Leslie

School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-Packed with portions of essays, none longer than a short commercial break, and only a few any more taxing for average readers, this slender analysis of The Great Gatsby and Tender Is the Night will be useful to novice researchers. Providing relatively detailed plot summaries, a list of major characters, and selections from 15-to-17 essays on each novel, the book contains practically all the information a sophomore needs. The volume concludes with a list of Fitzgerald's works, a bibliography, and a thematic index. Libraries that already own Bloom's Fitzgerald volume in "The Modern Critical Views" series (Chelsea) may pass on this one, but it may be just what more timid students need. The main drawback is also possibly its greatest strength: how predigested it feels.-Herman Sutter, Saint Agnes Academy, Houston, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is an acknowledged American masterpiece. This novel is studied here along with Tender Is the Night, which Fitzgerald actually intended as his masterpiece. Critical essays offer insight into these works as well as the author. Also included are comprehensive lists of works by and criticism of the author. Excerpted from F. Scott Fitzgerald All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Malcolm CowleyRobert OrnsteinMarius BewleyHenry Dan PiperLeo MarxDavid ParkerRon NeuhausKeath FraserIrving S. SaposnikSusan Resneck ParrMichael HolquistRichard LehanMitchell BreitwieserDavid L. MinterGary ScrimgeourRonald BermanWalter Benn MichaelsJohn ChamberlainAlfred KazinRobert StantonWilliam DohertyArthur MizenerAlan TrachtenbergJames GindinMary E. BurtonEdwin T. ArnoldBrian WayRonald J. GervaisJudith FetterlyGene D. PhillipsSarah Beebe FryerJohn William Crowley
User's Guidep. 7
Editor's Notep. 8
Introductionp. 9
Biography of F. Scott Fitzgeraldp. 10
Plot Summary of The Great Gatsbyp. 13
List of Characters in The Great Gatsbyp. 17
Critical Views on The Great Gatsbyp. 19
Different Forms of Wealthp. 19
The Symbolism of the East and the Westp. 20
The Two Levels of Daisy Buchananp. 22
The Odor of Mortalityp. 24
The Pattern of Pastoralismp. 26
Two Versions of the Herop. 27
The Narrator of Gatsbyp. 29
A "Man's Book"p. 30
The Car and Car Culturep. 32
The Search for Orderp. 33
The Oxymoronp. 35
Allusions to The Wate Landp. 36
Gatsby as a Statement of Americap. 38
Gatsby's Failurep. 40
Gatsby and Conrad's Kurtzp. 42
The New Agenda of the Twentiesp. 43
Race and Racismp. 45
Plot Summary of Tender Is the Nightp. 48
List of Characters in Tender Is the Nightp. 53
Critical Views on Tender Is the Nightp. 56
Fitzgerald's False Startp. 56
Fitzgerald's View of the Richp. 57
The Incest Motifp. 58
Keats' Influencep. 60
Life Among the Richp. 62
Separate Points of Viewp. 63
Diver's Failurep. 65
Freudian Theoryp. 66
Movies as Metaphorp. 68
Acts of Violencep. 70
Socialism and Capitalismp. 71
Sexual Politicsp. 73
The Outcome for Diverp. 75
Women's Powerlessnessp. 76
The Drunkard's Holidayp. 78
Works by F. Scott Fitzgeraldp. 81
Works about F. Scott Fitzgeraldp. 83
Index of Themes and Ideasp. 87