Summer 1951 • Vol. XIII No. 3 Book ReviewsJuly 1, 1951 |

The Stature of Scott Fitzgerald

The Far Side Of Paradise: A Biography Of F. Scott Fitzgerald. By Arthur Mizener. Houghton Mifflin. $4.00 Arthur Mizener's book about Fitzgerald is a sturdy example of an art that has been relatively neglected by our best contemporary critics, the literary biography. That he has found it desirable to cast his major work on Fitzgerald in this form has implications for modern criticism as well as for the study of Fitzgerald. Here is one more important instance of the relaxation of hostility toward certain scholarly techniques that, a few years ago, seemed perilous to the critical spirit. The author comes to this biography, of course, with a thorough background in modern critical theory and practice, and for this reason it is a great deal different from the standard literary biography written a generation ago. In the introduction, Mr. Mizener takes account of the characteristic intentions and problems of the biographical approach, and he provides a carefully considered rationale

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