An F. Scott Fitzgerald Encyclopedia by Robert L. Gale

By Robert L. Gale

F. Scott Fitzgerald is without doubt one of the such a lot difficult authors of yankee literature. he's recognized the world over because the writer of The nice Gatsby (1925), a twentieth-century literary vintage studied by means of highschool scholars and students alike. yet Fitzgerald was once an amazingly efficient author regardless of quite a few own problems. From the start of his literary occupation with the booklet of This facet of Paradise in 1920 to his loss of life in 1940, he wrote five novels, approximately one hundred eighty brief tales, a number of essays and reports, a lot poetry, numerous performs, and a few movie scripts. even if he wrote rapidly and maybe bleary-eyed, his works more often than not express the flashes of his genius. he's celebrated as an emblem of the Jazz Age and the Roaring Twenties, yet underneath the entire glitter for which his prose is known, he warns of the risks of private recklessness and praises the redemptive strength of love.

Through thousands of alphabetically prepared entries, this reference publication offers whole insurance of Fitzgerald's lifestyles and writings. the amount starts with a chronology that strains his upward push from obscurity to repute, his struggles with alcoholism, and his eventual monetary downfall. The entries that stick with supply a whole and certain photo of Fitzgerald and his paintings. They current the basic motion in Fitzgerald's novels, brief tales, performs, and poems; determine all named fictional characters and point out their importance; and provides short biographical info for Fitzgerald's kinfolk, pals, affiliates. the various entries contain bibliographies which emphasize feedback released after 1990, and the quantity closes with a common bibliography of an important large reports of Fitzgerald and his works. an intensive index and large pass references supply extra entry to the wealth of knowledge during this reference ebook and help in making it a great tool for quite a lot of users.

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In ‘‘He Thinks He’s Wonderful,’’ Basil mentions him, with the implication that Hubert is popular. Joe Gorman drives him, and Lewis Crum as well, to Connie Davies’s party. In ‘‘The Captured Shadow,’’ he is the handsome, popular, but unreliable boy, fifteen, who rehearses indifferently as the lead in Basil’s play The Captured Shadow; when he backs out, Evelyn Beebe, in the role of the heroine, loses interest. The model for Blair was Fitzgerald’s St. Paul friend Reuben Warner. BLAIR, MASTER GARDINER, III.

He grounds Basil Duke Lee and criticizes him, but relents and lets him go to New York accompanied by Rooney. In ‘‘The Perfect Life,’’ he commends Basil for playing football well against Exeter. BADENUFF (‘‘BADDY’’). In ‘‘The Prince of Pests,’’ he is the chancellor of a Shakespeare-Goethe league and does quick research on Daniel Webster for the Kaiser. BAEDEKER. In The Great Gatsby, this is the name of girls Nick Carraway remembers as being among Jay Gatsby’s summer guests. One of them gets drunk at a Gatsby party and leans on Nick.

When Leonard delays, Becker signs her up with Bernie Wise, a rival producer, who drops her because she cannot act. BEDROS. In The Beautiful and Damned, he is a bootlegger who supplies Anthony Patch. BEEBE, EVELYN. In ‘‘The Captured Shadow,’’ she is the pretty girl, sixteen, who plays Leilia Van Baker in Basil Duke Lee’s play The Captured Shadow. She likes Andy Lockheart and Hubert Blair but finally kisses Basil and will remain his friend. BEEBE, HAM. In ‘‘The Captured Shadow,’’ he is Evelyn Beebe’s little brother, nine, who gets the mumps when Basil Duke Lee fails to warn him that Teddy Barnfield has the mumps.

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