Writing Celebrity: Stein, Fitzgerald, and the Modern(ist) by T. Galow

By T. Galow

Writing superstar lines the increase of a countrywide star tradition within the usa and examines the influence that this tradition had on “literary” writing within the a long time earlier than international struggle II.  Galow reveal the relevance of superstar for literary scholarship by means of re-evaluating the careers of 2 significant American authors, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein.

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52 Other writers displayed a more subtle form of antagonism. Both F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein, for instance, often attributed economic rather than aesthetic motivations to pieces of writing when they wanted to speak dismissively of them. Fitzgerald regularly disparaged his short story writing by describing it as a means of support for his “real” work: crafting novels. In one interview given in 1927, the year after he published his short story collection, All the Sad Young Men, Fitzgerald said, “I keep myself pure in regard to my novels.

As with Harcourt’s campaign for Stein’s first autobiography, publishers often reinforced the notion that highbrow art was a distinct type of cultural product requiring its own critical practices. These continuities in the book market were also supported by a certain degree of stability in “highbrow” writing.

Much work, from biographical scholarship to media analyses to institutional surveys, could potentially be brought to bear on the subject; yet very little has been done to bring these often disparate forms of analysis together. The following sections lay the foundation for this kind of project by examining the creation of literary celebrity in the early twentieth century as a complex recursive process that involves authorial actions, the production of specific works, the promotion of texts and their authors, and audience reception.

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