Introduction to F. Scott Fitzgerald and The St. Paul Stories of F.Scott Fitzgerald, July 30-Aug 20
7:00-8:30 pm Monday, July 30, Aug 6, 13, and 20. (4 sessions) in the EML (McKiernan Library). Class fee: $80 or $72 if you email the instructor to pre-register. Dr. Patrick O'Donnell: firstname.lastname@example.org
Playful, lyrical, and ironic, F.Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) is the most refreshingly sophisticated and slyly humorous of Minnesota's great twentieth century writers. As an Irish-American cash-strapped devotee to the charisma of wealth, he employed his ambiguous status to paint rich descriptions of his St. Paul roots and upbringing, largely around Cathedral Hill and Summit Avenue. Whether it be jazz-enchanted costume balls or gender politics in the dating game or the strange dread that inhabits an ice castle, The St. Paul Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald examine the lives of Saint Paul's glittering upper and middle classes. The course will examine the biography of Fitzgerald and his stormy marriage to Zelda, his importance as one of America's preeminent prose stylists, his contentious relationship with the younger Ernest Hemingway, and the luminous wit he employed in reflecting on wealth, youth, and romance. [Course text: The St. Paul Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald by F.Scott Fitzgerald. [Any edition]]
Although busy as the Celtic Junction Art Center's Director of Education and the founder and Director of the Irish Fair's annual St. Paul Irish Arts Week (since 2016), Dr. Patrick O’Donnell, a Professor of English at Normandale Community College, is very interested in American authors of Irish heritage. No previous knowledge of F.Scott Fitzgerald is necessary.