CliffsNotes on Fitzgerald's Tender Is the Night

CliffsNotes on Fitzgerald's Tender Is the Night

CliffsNotes on Fitzgerald's Tender Is the Night

CliffsNotes on Fitzgerald's Tender Is the Night

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Throughout the discussion of this novel, there has also been a consistent attempt to interlace relevant biographical information into the body of criticism about the novel. Such a practice could be discredited by followers of the New Critics school of literary criticism, who hold that the text itself is all-important and should have no historical or biographical ballast to support it. Fitzgerald’s novel, however, seems to become richer, more complete, and, at some points, more understandable if it is viewed against the backdrop of biography. We know, for example, from his notebooks that the author intended the Nicole Diver sections to parallel Zelda Fitzgerald’s mental breakdown. This fact alone contributes a rather sizeable, and interesting, biographical element. Fitzgerald was one of those writers who created out of himself; something got written because he felt it deeply and personally. For this reason one often misses historical scope and philosophical depths in his writing, while at the same time one is grateful for the piquancy which his personal experience gives to his art.

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