The Great Gatsby Connections and Further Reading
by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Bibliography and Further Reading

(Novels for Students)


Allen, Frederick Lewis. Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the Nineteen Twenties. New York: Harper & Row, 1957.

Benét, William Rose. “An Admirable Novel,” in Saturday Review of Literature, May 9, 1925.

Commager, Henry Steele. The American Mind: An Interpretation of American Thought and Character Since the 1880s. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1950.

Donaldson, Scott. “F. Scott Fitzgerald,” in Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 9: American Novelists, 1910—1945, edited by James J. Martine. Gale, 1981, pp. 3-18.

Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. Preface and notes by Matthew J. Bruccoli. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1992.

Holman, C. Hugh, and William Harmon. Handbook to Literature. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1992.

Le Vot, Andre. F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Biography, translation by William Byron. Doubleday, 1983.

Mizener, Arthur. The Far Side of Paradise (biography; includes several letters to Fitzgerald). Avon, 1965.

Turnbull, Andrew. Scott Fitzgerald. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1962.

Turnbull, Andrew, ed. The Letters of F. Scott Fitzgerald. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1963.

Wilson, Edmund. In a letter to F. Scott Fitzgerald on April 11, 1925, in his Letters on Literature and Politics: 1912-1972, edited by Elena Wilson. Farrar, Straus, 1977, pp. 121-22.

For Further Study

Bloom, Harold, ed. F. Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Great Gatsby': Modern Critical Interpretations. Chelsea House, 1986. This book contains eight articles, with an introduction, on the novel's structure, Gatsby as an “American” novel, and the wasteland, and includes the article by David Parker, "Two Versions of the Hero.”

Bloom, Harold, ed. Gatsby, Major Literary Characters Series. Chelsea House, 1991. This comprehensive collection of articles focusing on the novel's “hero,” Gatsby, begins with 25 critical extracts on the character and the author from letters, reviews, and articles. Of particular interest is the article by Arnold Weinstein, “Fiction as Greatness: The Case of Gatsby” (1985), which reads the novel as being about making meaning, or creating belief. This includes both Gatsby's fiction of himself and Nick's story of this. The collection also includes an important early article on the time theme by R. W. Stallman, “Gatsby and the Hole in Time” (1955).

Bruce, M. J., ed. New Essays on 'The Great Gatsby'. Cambridge University Press, 1985. This shorter work (five articles with an introduction) also includes an interesting overview of the novel's impact on fiction and criticism over the decades, “Gatsby's Long Shadow: Influence and Endurance," by Richard Anderson.

Cass, Colin S. “‘Pandered in Whispers’: Narrative Reliability in The Great Gatsby,” in College Literature, Vol. 7, 1980, pp. 113-24. Investigates the role of narrator Nick Carraway in the novel and his reliability as the narrator of events.

Crosland, A.T. A Concordance to F. Scott Fitzgerald's ‘The Great Gatsby’. Gale, 1975. The concordance provides cross-referenced lists of every word in the novel, assisting in consideration of the use and frequency of certain words or word-groups (such as “eye,” “blind,” “see,” “blink,” “wink,” and the famous accidental use of “irises,” for example).

Donaldson, Scott, ed. Critical Essays on F. Scott Fitzgerald's ‘The Great Gatsby’. G. K. Hall, 1984. This balanced survey of critical issues (21 essays with an introduction, and excerpts from letters to and from Fitzgerald about the novel) contains some of the now-classic articles or chapters from other books. It features treatments of sources for the novel, the novel's complicated revisions in its composition, and the historical aspect of the work.

Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby , edited by Matthew J. Bruccoli. Cambridge University Press, 1991. Bruccoli's critical edition of the novel contains the useful “apparatus” (notes keyed to page numbers in the novel) which had been published separately in 1974, when the novel was...

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