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The style & technique of F SCOTT FITZGERALD

Tony Rossiter examines the writer who epitomised the Jazz Age

Now here’s a strange thing. His best known, most highly regarded novel is The Great Gatsby (1925). Yet when F Scott Fitzgerald died in 1940, it was not even mentioned in the Time magazine obituary. During his own lifetime he was known mainly as a short story writer, screenwriter and chronicler of the Jazz Age. He achieved real fame as a writer only posthumously. It’s a stark reminder of how literary fashions can change and reputations can ebb and flow.

During his short life (he died at the age of 44) he wrote 164 short stories and four novels (a fifth, unfinished, was published posthumously); and he published four collections of short stories and one collection of essays, letters and notes.

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