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Journey from Innocence to Experience

Writings of F. Scott Fitzgerald by: Manasi Sinha

This book traces the development of F. Scott Fitzgerald and his characters from dreams to maturity. It shows how he utilised his own experience to represent the national and the human experience in his novels.

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ISBN: 9788186921029
Year Of Publication: 1998
Edition: 1st
Pages : xiii, 173
Bibliographic Details : Bibliography
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: Decent Books
Size: 23 cm.
Weight: 400

Overview

The novels of F. Scot Fitzgerald reflect the life he lived. They can, in fact, be seen as the records of a pilgrim in his progress from innocence to experience. Almost as a rule all the heroes in Fitzgerald’s novels mature as they encounter the real world. All his major works illustrate an agonized search for the true inner self, a quest for individuality. This book traces the development of Fitzgerald and his characters from dreams to maturity. It shows how all the heroes in Fitzgerald’s novels from Amory Blaine in This Side of Paradise to Monroe Stahr in The Last Tycoon, in their search for different ideals, represent man’s quenchless desire to affirm the perennial moral values of life. In recording the journey of all his dreamers from Amory Blaine to Monroe Stahr, he depicted a longing for a unified selfhood that enjoys a universal appeal in the context of the contemporary realities of life. The book shows how Fitzgerald utilized his own experience — a tragic experience on the whole — to represent the national experience and ultimately the human experience. Almost as a rule, all of them start their journey as innocents with an explicit faith in life and the pre-conceived notions about the goodness of man. Experience comes to them through their confrontation with reality — both social and moral — which do not conform to their idealistic faith. Since they are powerless to change the reality they live in, they brood, they suffer. The overwhelming impression is of disillusionment and suffering. But Fitzgerald bestows a positive value on suffering. His wise and tragic sense of life imparts an enduring quality to his works. The book justifies how Fitzgerald’s works finally transcend the time he lived in and establish him as a major American writer.

Contents

Preface
Introduction : The Man and the Artist
1. American Dream
2. The Prophets of the Dream
3. The Disenchanted
4. The Persistence of the Dream
5. The Jazz Age: The Age of F. Scott Fitzgerald
6. This Side of Paradise: The Dawn of Experience
7. The Beautiful and Damned: The Broken Lute
8. The Great Gatsby: The Saga of an Innocent Aborad
9. Tender is the Night: The Imagery of Disorder
10. The Last Tycoon: A Quest for Identity
The End of the Journey
Select Bibliography

Meet the Author
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Manasi Sinha is at present an Assistant Professor of English, Department of Humanities and social Sciences, IIT Kharagpur. Earlier she also taught in several colleges in Orissa. Dr. Sinha did her Ph.D. in American Literature in 1982 from IIT Kharagpur. Since then, she has been working in Mediaeval English literature and contemporary Indo-Anglian fiction. She is closely associated with the publication of IIT Newsletter and students’ activities.
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