F. Scott Fitzgerald

Shown here in a hard collar (so formal and 1914), Fitzgerald valued fashion and so do his characters.

Shown here in a hard collar (so formal and 1914), Fitzgerald valued fashion and so do his characters.

To most readers, F. Scott Fitzgerald is simply the man behind The Great Gatsby, whose legendary characters Nick, Daisy and Jay will forever be staples of ninth-grade English courses. Those more familiar with his work are able to appreciate its value as a source of cultural history and cull from his writing the undercurrents of American society that bubble and break in his vivid narratives.

The voice of The Jazz Age, Fitzgerald lived, worked and socialized in artistic circles that would come to define the tastes and morals of the American public between the wars. Fitzgerald’s tumultuous personal and professional life served as the inspiration for much of his writing; his work is riddled with references to actual events, personalities and popular culture. His take is distinctly American. “We were the most powerful nation. Who could tell us any longer what was fashionable and what was fun?”

My work on F. Scott Fitzgerald ranges from scholarship published in academic journals to consulting work on Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby.

My expertise on 1920s fashion provides a wonderful vantage point from which to interpret Fitzgerald’s life and fiction.

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