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May Day (Art of the Novella)

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"All crowds have to howl."Although F.Scott Fitzgerald is known for the kind of subtle, polished social commentary found in his masterpiece The Great Gatsby, his little-known novella May Day is unique in that it is the most raw, directly political commentary he ever wrote, and one of the most desperate works in his oeuvre.

It is a tale of the brutalities of the American class system-of privileged college boys, returned from a bloody war, and a group of intellectual left-wing journalists, all coming into confrontation in the heart of New York City on Mayday at the end of World War I. Fitzgerald's fine eye for detail is on special display and his relentless plot leads to one of his most shocking climaxes, in what is the first and only stand alone version of this rarity.

The Art of The Novella Series

Too short to be a novel, too long to be a short story, the novella is generally unrecognized by academics and publishers. Nonetheless, it is a form beloved and practiced by literature's greatest writers. In the Art Of The Novella series, Melville House celebrates this renegade art form and its practitioners with titles that are, in many instances, presented in book form for the first time.

Synopsis:

"Small wonders"—Time Out London"I wanted them all, even those I'd already read."—Ron Rosenbaum, The New York Observer

Synopsis:

Although F. Scott Fitzgerald is known for the kind of subtle, polished social commentary found in his masterpiece The Great Gatsby, his little-known novella May Dayis unique in that it is the most raw, direct socio-political commentary he ever wrote, and one of the most desperate works in his oeuvre. It is a dark, biting story in which rich, drunken Yale students in town for a reunion, hordes of soldiers returning from the First World War, and the workers of a small socialist newspaper all converge in New York City on May Day. This is the first and only stand-alone version of this rarity.

About the Author

Francis Scott Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1896, the son of a salesman, and namesake of his distant relative, Francis Scott Key. While attending Princeton University, he wrote a novel that a Scribner’s editor thought good enough to publish, if Fitzgerald would revise it. Fitzgerald, however, was in academic trouble and left school to join the army. Stationed in Alabama, he met and proposed marriage to Zelda Sayre, who refused to marry him until his rewritten novel, This Side of Paradise, made him an irresistible success. Two years later, the Fitzgeralds were leading a furious, booze-fueled social life, and his story collection of 1922, Tales of the Jazz Age, gave the era its name. In 1925, while sojourning in France—where he befriended Ernest Hemingway—he wrote The Great Gatsby. But his relationship with Zelda grew destructive, and by 1932 she was in a mental institution and he had descended into alcoholism. Fitzgerald moved to Hollywood to work as a scriptwriter, and died there of a heart attack in 1940. 

Product Details

ISBN:
9781933633435
Author:
Fitzgerald, F Scott
Publisher:
Melville House Publishing
Author:
Fitzgerald, F. Scott
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Art of the Novella
Publication Date:
20090831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
112
Dimensions:
7.00x5.06x.37 in. .27 lbs.

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Product details 112 pages Melville House Publishing - English 9781933633435 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "Small wonders"—Time Out London"I wanted them all, even those I'd already read."—Ron Rosenbaum, The New York Observer
"Synopsis" by , Although F. Scott Fitzgerald is known for the kind of subtle, polished social commentary found in his masterpiece The Great Gatsby, his little-known novella May Dayis unique in that it is the most raw, direct socio-political commentary he ever wrote, and one of the most desperate works in his oeuvre. It is a dark, biting story in which rich, drunken Yale students in town for a reunion, hordes of soldiers returning from the First World War, and the workers of a small socialist newspaper all converge in New York City on May Day. This is the first and only stand-alone version of this rarity.
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