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A friendship and rivalry for the ages.
F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway are two of the greatest giants of 20th-century American literature: their novels continue to captivate readers worldwide today. Less known is how their personal literary connection and friendship reveal key elements of their work and help us understand the themes of some of their most compelling writing. In this brand new course, Bard College Professor of Comparative Literature Joseph Luzzi will take us inside one of the most consequential friendships – and rivalries – in all of American literature, as we explore the drama, emotions, and events connecting the legendary authors of works like F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Tender is the Night and Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises and A Moveable Feast. We will also draw on the correspondence between the two authors and the words of other cultural figures as we reconstruct one of the most celebrated and complex relations in all of modern American literature.
Class meets Mondays: May 24, June 7, 14 and 21.
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Joseph Luzzi is a writer and Professor of Comparative Literature at Bard College. He is the author of In a Dark Wood: What Dante Taught Me About Grief, Healing, and the Mysteries of Love and My Two Italies. He is a frequent contributor of essays and reviews to publications including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Bookforum, and London Times Literary Supplement.
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