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Host: Eric Carzon, Library Services Manager, Montgomery County Public Libraries  


Sunday, October 13th, 2024, 5:00 - 6:30 EST

Free Zoom Session  from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

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“Entertaining Millions: F. Scott Fitzgerald & Jazz Age Magazines”


Alexandra Mitchell and Jennifer Nolan

with an introduction by Jackson Bryer


Throughout the 1920s, with audiences in the millions, popular magazines served as one of the most influential forms of mass media entertainment, and savvy writers and artists, like F. Scott Fitzgerald, could find both fortune and fame by publishing regularly in them. Fitzgerald’s ability to read the Jazz Age magazine market just as adeptly as he read the Jazz Age itself was fundamental to his success as an author in his own time and to his enduring significance today. It is this fact that underpins the Complete Magazine Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald, a book series that seeks to reprint all of Fitzgerald’s magazine stories in the versions and order that they appeared in the American literary marketplace, along with analysis of and visual materials from the magazines where he published. This program will introduce participants to the periodical world that Fitzgerald published in, demonstrate his understanding of his place in this market, and reveal how our understanding of Fitzgerald is enriched by returning to the popular magazines of his day.

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Alexandra Mitchell spent a decade collecting the complete short stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald, and is co-editor of The Complete Magazine Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1921-1924. She uses digital humanities techniques to illuminate their historical contexts for the contemporary reader. She received her undergraduate degree in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge and her Master's degree in Information Technology from the University of Glasgow.
Jennifer Nolan is associate professor of English at North Carolina State University and a member of the board of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society. She has published extensively on the periodical contexts of Fitzgerald’s short stories in journals such as Book History, Journal of Modern Periodical Studies, and The F. Scott Fitzgerald Review, and in several edited volumes, and she is co-editor of The Complete Magazine Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1921-1924.
JACKSON R. BRYER is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Maryland, where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses for 41 years. He is the co-founder and president of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society. Among the books he has authored, edited, or co-edited on Fitzgerald are Approaches to Teaching Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (2009), Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda: The Love Letters of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald (2002), New Essays on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Neglected Stories (1996), The Critical Reputation of F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Bibliographical Study (1967; 1984), The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald: New Approaches in Criticism (1982), F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Critical Reception (1978), Dear Scott/Dear Max: The Fitzgerald-Perkins Correspondence (1971), and F. Scott Fitzgerald in His Own Time: A Miscellany (1971).
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