Often seen as a mirroring the contemporary movement of American history itself, Scott Fitzgerald's literary life was a roller-coaster ride from early success in the 1920s to apparent oblivion by the end of the 1930s. This study attempts to account for such a problematic career by focusing on Fitzgerald's struggle to sustain a perilous balancing act between his commitment to a totally involving life on the one hand, and his parallel commitment to the serious business of art on the other.
Andrew Hook retired from the Bradley Chair in English Literature at Glasgow University in 1988, having previously taught at the universities of Edinburgh and Aberdeen. In session 1999-2000 he was Visiting Fellow in the English Department at Princeton University, and in 2001-2 he is Gillespie Visiting Professor in the College of Wooster, Ohio. His teaching and research interests have involved English, Scottish and American literature. In 1998 the Andrew Hook Centre for American Studies was named in his honour at the University of Glasgow.