11. Name five scholarly books or articles which give important analysis.

1. The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald: New Approaches in Criticism. Edited by Jackson R. Bryer. Madison: The University of Wisconson Press, 1982.

--This book offers 22 essays on Fitgerald’s short stories and lauds him as a great master of the short story. These essays examine some of the major themes Fitgerald uses throughout his short story collection. Some essays even expand from Fitgerald’s short stories to his longer pieces of fiction, as well. This is an excellent resource to research Fitgerald’s complete works, and to compare across pieces of literature.

2. “Scott Fitgerald’s Romance with the South,” The Southern Literary Journal, Vol. 5, No. 2 (Spring, 1973), pp. 3-17.

--Despite being born and raised in the North, Fitzgerald had two important influences in his life that led him to glamorize the South in his writing. As part of this, he often wrote characters who lived the Old Way, and conflicted with the society in which he was writing. This article examines the Southern characters in Fitzgerald’s literature and what motivated him in his past to create such characters.

3. Chambers, John B. The Novels of F. Scott Fitzgerald. New York: St. Martin’s, 1989.

--Much older criticism claims that Fitzgerald is a master of emotional stories, but this book looks into the underlying themes throughout most of Fitzgerald’s work.

4. Eble, Kenneth. “The Great Gatsby,” College Literature, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Winter, 1974), pp. 34-47.

--This article supports the idea that The Great Gatsby is “The Great American Novel,” and supports it textually, as well with other literary criticism. The main idea is that Gatsby underscores the American experience, and so it has become a widely popular novel.

5. Gross, Seymour L. Fitzgerald’s “Babylon Revisited.” College English, Vol. 25, No. 2 (Nov., 1963), pp. 128-135.

--This review and criticism of “Babylon Revisited” relates the story with what happened in Fitzgerald’s own life. It walks through the themes and symbolism found in the short story, as well. Any student studying this story would benefit from this resource.

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