A move towards maturity: Scott Fitzgerald's The Crack-Up
Keywords:Fitzgerald, Francis Scott, The Crack-Up, Ensayo, Literatura norteamericana
AbstractWhen Fitzgerald's The Crack-Up essays first appeared in 1936—in the "pre-confessional" critical climate—they were received with disapprobation and sometimes condemnation even by his friends. Hemingway thought that they were "miserable" and Dos Passos felt Fitzgerald should not have made a public display of his "going to pieces." But I think that the essays are not so much as confessional as attempts at soul-searching and self-examination. Fitzgerald recognizes in them the fact that he must undergo a "spiritual conversion," that he must, as a novelist, write more objectively. During the short period, between the writing of these essays and his death, he did embark on a new, and as it turned out, a more mature strategy as an artist. The Crack-Up gives us an insight into the kind of novelist that he would have become, had he lived longer.
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Banerjee, A. 1995. “A Move towards Maturity: Scott Fitzgerald’s The Crack-Up”. Alicante Journal of English Studies / Revista Alicantina De Estudios Ingleses, no. 8 (November):47-56. https://doi.org/10.14198/raei.1995.8.04.
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