Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)



First Advisor

Clifford J. Hand

First Committee Member

Sy Kahy [?]

Second Committee Member

Charles Clerc


In his general plan for Tender Is The Night, Fitzgerald delineates Dick Diver as "a natural idealist, a spoiled priets, givin in for various causes to the idea of the haute bourgeoise [sic] and ih his rise to the top of the social world losing his idealism, his talent and turning to drink and dissipation."1

The rise and fall of Dick Diver is the central concern of Tender Is The Night, and an analysis of the novel reveals that Fitzgerald meticulously arranged the details of Diver's intricate destiny. Many readers of the novel, however, were unable to understand the reasons for Dick's ruin, and there was much negative criticism of Dick's characterization shortly after the novel was published.2





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