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The Collected Short Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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I read the short stories for a class in college when I was an English major. The stories that are "The Gatsby Cluster" are really my favorites because I really liked The Great Gatsby so much. The short stories really show the genius that was F. Scott Fitzgerald.
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message 1: by John (last edited May 25, 2008 08:11PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

John I agree, Kristin. Fitzgerald took writing to a whole new level...

--John


Kristin You know if you look carefully enough, Gatsby in some ways is really Fitzgerald holding up a mirror to himself. That is, Gatsby is not a mirror image of Fitzgerald but the self destructive tendencies of author and character are similar and I am sure if we brain stormed we would find other similarities too.

Yet, many who read it in school fail to look at it in such depth. Probably lack of time ( I actually read Gatsby on my own in high school and then again in college.) has a large part, at the high school level. I think many, even in college miss the similarities.


John Hi Kristin,

I agree that Gatsby reflects much of Fitzgerald. And I will also say this: Daisy reflects Zelda. Daisy destroyed Gatsby; Zelda had a negative impact on Fitzgerald's creativity. (Fitzgerald admitted as much in a letter to his daughter.)

--John




Kristin Both Zelda and Fitzgerald were alcoholics so they brought each other down. Sadly, Zelda was killed in a fire in the sanatorium she was in. They were victims of their times too though. Hemmingway ( the mysoginistc bastard who was a genius as a writer) Faulkner, Dos Possos, that whole 'Lost Generation' were similar and it was reflected in their writing.


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