Arthur Mizener

  • The Path to Promotion

    The idea that universities select their faculties on some mindless principle of publish or perish is so ludicrously childish that it ought not to take in even a foolish undergraduate.” So says Arthur Mizener, biographer of F. Scott Fitzgerald and professor of English at Cornell University, who explores in detail the hiring and firing of university professors.

  • Scott Fitzgerald and the Tor Girl

    Critic and author, ARTHUR MIZENER has been regarded as an authority on the fiction of the 1920s ever since the publication of his definitive biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald, THE FAR SIDE OF PARADISE,in 1951. Mr. Mizener, who has taught at Yale and at Carleton College, is professor of English at Cornell.

  • The Pulitzer Prizes

    Over the years, the Pulitzer Prizes have come to be regarded as valued awards in American letters, especially when they signalize new talent. But from time to time there are mutterings; there were mutterings in 1926 when Sinclair Lewis refused to accept the prize for his novel Arrowsmith, and again this year when there was evidently a hung jury in Fiction. Critic and Professor of English at Cornell, ARTHUR MIZENER looks back at the record. Mr. Mizener is the author of The Far Side of Paradise.

  • F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Biography

    Success came swiftly to F. Scott Fitzgerald, and it was the tragedy of his life that after the popularity of his short stories and the praise he merited with The Great Gatsby, he did not mature to carry out the still bigger hooks which he sate in his mind. The causes of his failure have been sensitively analyzed by ARTHUR MIZENBR in his compassionate biography, of which this is the third and final installment. He shows the loyal encouragement which Fitzgerald received from his editor. Max Perkins; his friendships with Hemingway, Edmund W ilson. and John Peale Bishop; and what Zelda and her illness meant to the novelist. The complete book, under the title The Far Side of Paradise, will he published by Houghton Mifflin on February I.

  • F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Biography

    With his good looks, his swift so cross, his love of parties, and his incredible spending, F. Scott Fitzgerald was the personification of “the Jazz Age.”After his novel of Princeton, This Side of Paradise, which gained him immediate popularity, he went on to write The Great Gatsby, the almost perfect expression of the Prohibition Era. But it was Fitzgerald’s tragedy that he did not mature to carry out the still bigger books which he saw in his mind. ARTHUR MIZENER has been working on a biography of Fitzgerald since 1945; in his research he has had the help of people like Edmund Wilson and Ernest Hemingway, and a Houghton Mifflin Fellowship enabled him to settle for an intense period at Princeton, where he had access to Fitzgerald’s personal papers. The Atlantic is pleased to publish an abridgment of Mr. Mizener’s book in three installments, of which this is the second.

  • F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Biography

    With his good looks, his swift success, his love of parties, and his incredible spending. F. Scott Fitzgerald was the personification of “the jazz age. After his novel of Princeton, This Side of Paradise, which gained him immediate popularity, he went on to write The Great Gatsby, the almost perfect expression of the Prohibition Era. But it was Fitzgerald’s tragedy that he did not mature to carry out the still bigger books which he saw in his mind. ARTHUR MIZENER has been working on a biography of Fitzgerald since 1945: in his research he has had the help of people like Edmund Wilson and Ernest Hemingway, and a Houghton Mifflin Fellowship enabled him to take a leave of absence from his teaching at Carleton College and to settle for an intense period at Princeton, where he was given access to Fitzgerald’s personal papers.