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The great Gatsby and Fitzgerald's world of ideas

Author: Ronald Berman
Publisher: Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, ©1997.
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The Great Gatsby and Fitzgerald's World of Ideas focuses on F. Scott Fitzgerald and the prevailing ideas and values that permeated American society in the late teens and early twenties, providing a vivid portrait of the intellectual and cultural milieu in which The Great Gatsby was produced. This new and original reading of Gatsby discloses Fitzgerald's remarkable awareness of the issues of his time and his debt to  Read more...
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Berman, Ronald.
Great Gatsby and Fitzgerald's world of ideas.
Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, c1997
(OCoLC)645857814
Named Person: F Scott Fitzgerald; F Scott Fitzgerald; F Scott Fitzgerald; F Scott Fitzgerald; F Scott Fitzgerald; F Scott Fitzgerald; Francis Scott Fitzgerald
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ronald Berman
ISBN: 0817308695 9780817308698 0817310738 9780817310738
OCLC Number: 35762713
Description: xii, 232 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: 1. Old values and new times --
2. Demos --
3. Community and crowd --
4. Mixed democracy --
5. Individualism reconsidered --
6. Energies --
7. Belief and will --
8. Ruins and order.
Responsibility: Ronald Berman.

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