"Either you think, or else others have to think for you and take power from you, pervert and discipline your natural tastes, civilize and sterilize you." Fitzgerald.

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F. Scott Fitzgerald, his wife, Zelda, and daughter, Scotty, in their Paris apartment in 1926.

Day Three - With News and Reviews from the Archieves of the New York Times

Introduction

At the time of his death at age forty-four, F. Scott Fitzgerald was considered an exemplary and monitory figure. There was general agreement that he epitomized his generation, that he had not fulfilled his genius, that his history provided a warning. It would have seemed fitting in 1940 to claim that his eulogy had been written in 1821 when Shelley mourned Keats, one of Fitzgerald’s favorite poems Adonäis:
"… till the Future dares / Forget the Past, his fate and fame shall be / An echo and a light unto Eternity!"






Lesson

In this section we will examine the critical reception of F. Scott Fitzgerald and his work.
1. You will choose two articles from the New York Times website linked below.
2. Familiarize yourself with both articles. You might want to consider a few questions: What was the main idea of the articel? What was the tone? Did you sense any bias in the reporting? How do you think F. Scott Fitzgerald would have reacted to the piece?
3. Go to the class blog and post your response.


Resources

http://www.nytimes.com/books/00/12/24/specials/fitzgerald.html
http://mkbaucom.edublogs.org/

Evaluation

Your blog will be evaluated on the content of the response. It will count toward a class participation grade. I am looking for a well-established opinion justified with examples from the articles.

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