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Associate Professor William Blazek

The F. Scott Fitzgerald Review was founded in 2002 with support from Liverpool Hope University. Previously published by Wiley-Blackwell and now by Penn State University Press, it has been co-sponsored over the past thirteen years with U.S. institutions including Hofstra University, the University of Maryland, California State University, Troy University and Penn State University. Bill was one of the founding co-editors of this annual publication, an academic journal that incorporates critical essays, newly discovered writings by Fitzgerald, memoirs by people associated with Fitzgerald’s life and work, and an annual bibliography. Bill’s association with Fitzgerald studies also includes service on the executive board of the Fitzgerald Society, which promotes the Fitzgerald Review, maintains a scholarly website, organises biennial international conferences, and awards an annual prize to a distinguished American author. The Liverpool Hope library has substantial holdings of Fitzgerald criticism, along with the complete primary texts in the Cambridge Edition, and these resources have been well used by undergraduate and postgraduate students in their research.

Besides his focus on Fitzgerald studies, Bill has published criticism on American literature ranging from the writings of Herman Melville in the mid-nineteenth century, through Anglo-American modernism, to the work of the contemporary Native American novelist Louise Erdrich. His interest in the novels and short stories of Edith Wharton led to a research fellowship in 2013 from the Lilly Library archives at the University of Indiana. This academic year he was appointed visiting professor at Jean Monnet University in Saint-Etienne, France; and he will be a keynote speaker at the International F. Scott Fitzgerald conference at Ba?kent University in Ankara, Turkey, this coming May.