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September 24, 1896
f. scott fitzgerald
birthday celebration
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.

Sunday, October 13th, 2024, 5:00 – 6:30

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

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

Alexandra Mitchell & Jennifer Nolan

Alexandra Mitchell

Alexandra 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.

dr. jennifer nolan

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.

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