It has long been assumed that F. Scott Fitzgerald was inspired by American and British sources, however, this study takes the first look at continental literature as a possible source of Fitzgerald's writing and finds that there was massive borrowing. Most saliently, the vast the influence of Alain-Fornier's "Le grand Meaulnes" on Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" is demonstrated in detail for the first time, while other chapters consider the influence of Tolstoy, Ibsen and Strindberg on Fitzgerald's fiction. Though largely focused on "The Great Gatsby", this study does cover the full life and work of this important American author who continues to draw in new readers every year with his Roaring Twenties version of the "American Dream".
Edward Ford is Lecturer in English at Newberry College. He attended Carleton College, where he graduated with a double major in History and French. He also holds a Master's degree in French from Tufts University. His work has appeared in periodicals in several countries.
Preface by Lyman L. Leathers; Acknowledgements; Introduction; This Side of Paradise; Tolstoy's Influence; Ibsen's Influence; The Influence of August Strindberg's A Dreamplay; The Beautiful and the Damned; The Influence of Alain-Fournier's Le grand Meaulnes; Conrad, Fournier, and Fitzgerald; The Phoenix and the Underworld Voyage; Short Stories; Tender is the Night; The Last Tycoon; Fitzgerald's Legacy; Endnotes; Works Cited; Index.