The Resource I'm sorry about the clock : chronology, composition, and narrative technique in The great Gatsby, Thomas A. Pendleton

I'm sorry about the clock : chronology, composition, and narrative technique in The great Gatsby, Thomas A. Pendleton

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I'm sorry about the clock : chronology, composition, and narrative technique in The great Gatsby
Title
I'm sorry about the clock
Title remainder
chronology, composition, and narrative technique in The great Gatsby
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Thomas A. Pendleton
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Language
eng
Summary
This study begins by demonstrating that literally dozens of temporal incoherences occur in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. It then proceeds to investigate the earlier versions of the novel to discover why its chronology is so often faulty. Since its publication some seventy years ago, The Great Gatsby has become one of the most extravagantly commended works in American literature. The dominant note in this chorus of praise is that Fitzgerald has flawlessly integrated his details into a supremely successful artistic whole. It is thus surprising to discover that within this seemingly perfectly rendered fiction, the chronology of both the effective present of the novel (the summer of 1922), the past that continuously informs it, and even the time of Nick's narrating the story are riddled with inconsistencies, improbabilities, and flat contradictions. It is perhaps even more surprising, contends author Thomas A. Pendleton, that virtually none of these temporal incoherences seem to have been noted before. Moreover, this study departs from the critical consensus that the earlier drafts of the novel are evidence of Fitzgerald's consummate artistry. Among the discoveries presented here are that Fitzgerald made no use of the 1922 calendar; that he did not work out the novel's time scheme until after completing about half of the manuscript version (possibly because he intended Gatsby to be much longer); and that, quite probably, he attempted to disguise at least some of the book's temporal misplacements and contradictions. Further, this study shows that even the most praised of Fitzgerald's revisions - his relocation of materials dealing with Gatsby's past so as to gradually reveal his secret - was apparently without exception accompanied by faulty temporal connections to the plot line. A concluding section of this work attempts to evaluate how significantly these chronological failures affect the achievement of Gatsby. It finds that they impact to a great degree on the characterizations of Gatsby, Daisy, Jordan, and especially Nick, and it even broaches the suspicion that the moral shortcomings perceived in Nick by some critics actually derive from Fitzgerald's own artistic shortcomings. Pendleton also finds that because the narrative insists so strongly on time as symbolic of the limitations that destroy Gatsby and his dream - and because it utilizes time so crucially in the formal structuring of the story line - its temporal incoherences considerably lessen the achievement that can be claimed for the novel. While it does not claim that its findings are totally destructive of Fitzgerald's success, this study clearly establishes Gatsby as something less than the faultlessly executed fiction it has been previously supposed
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Pendleton, Thomas A
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3511.I9
LC item number
G868 1993
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Fitzgerald, F. Scott
  • Fitzgerald, F. Scott
  • Fitzgerald, F. Scott
  • Fitzgerald, Francis Scott
  • Narration (Rhetoric)
  • Chronology in literature
  • Chronology in literature
  • Narration (Rhetoric)
  • Technique
  • The great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
  • Verteltheorie
  • Chronologie
  • Erzähltechnik
  • Chronologie
Label
I'm sorry about the clock : chronology, composition, and narrative technique in The great Gatsby, Thomas A. Pendleton
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Bibliography note
includes bibliographical references (p. 139-151) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Murder
  • Funeral
  • Chronology of the past
  • Chronology of the present
  • Dinner at the Buchanans'
  • Myrtle's party
  • Gatsby's first party
  • Lunch with Wolfsheim
  • Reunion
  • Gatsby's second party
  • Confrontation
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
154 pages
Isbn
9780945636380
Lccn
91051135
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)26355356
  • (OCoLC)ocm26355356
Label
I'm sorry about the clock : chronology, composition, and narrative technique in The great Gatsby, Thomas A. Pendleton
Publication
Bibliography note
includes bibliographical references (p. 139-151) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Murder
  • Funeral
  • Chronology of the past
  • Chronology of the present
  • Dinner at the Buchanans'
  • Myrtle's party
  • Gatsby's first party
  • Lunch with Wolfsheim
  • Reunion
  • Gatsby's second party
  • Confrontation
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
154 pages
Isbn
9780945636380
Lccn
91051135
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)26355356
  • (OCoLC)ocm26355356

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