Today, F. Scott Fitzgerald is known for his novels, but in his own time his fame rested squarely on his prolific achievement as one of America’s most gifted writers of short stories and novellas. There is something magical about Fitzgerald. While much has been written about the Jazz Age lives of Scott and Zelda, the real magic lies embedded in his prose. This course will explore the depth and extraordinary range of Fitzgerald’s literary talents. Come delight in Fitzgerald’s style, with stories that conjure up a lost era and give insight into the human condition. We will focus on close readings of the major stories, with preparation limited to two stories a class.
Seminar participants will be asked to bring a copy of the following edition to class: The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald, A New Collection, edited and with a preface by Matthew Bruccoli, Scribner edition (paperback).