F. Scott Fitzgerald's permanent stature as a major American writer was proclaimed by Stephen Vincent Benét in his 1941 Saturday Review of Literature review of The Last Tycoon: "You can take off your hats now, gentlemen, and I think perhaps you had better. This is not a legend, this is a reputation--and seen in perspective, it may well be one of the most secure reputations of our time." That now preeminently secure reputation inspired 1996 celebrations in the United States and abroad of the one-hundredth anniversary of F. Scott Fitzgerald's birth.
F. Scott Fitzgerald Centennial Celebration,
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Fitzgerald Society/Princeton University Centennial Conference,
Princeton, New Jersey
First Annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference,
F. Scott Fitzgerald Centenary Celebration,
The University of South Carolina, Columbia
The material above first appeared in the Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook: 1996 (Detroit, Washington, D.C., London: Bruccoli Clark Layman/Gale Research, 1997). Reproduced by permission.