Robert Roulston, my Husband, and His Scholarship

     Robert Roulston, who received his BA at the University of Maryland in 1954, his MA at Indiana University in 1957, and his PhD at the University of Maryland in 1965, is a retired professor of English at Murray State.



Articles on F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Articles on other Authors.


Roulston, Robert. "Eden and the Lotus Eaters: A Critical Study of the South Sea Island Writings of Frederick O’Brien, James Norman Hall, and Robert Dean Frisbie." Diss. U of MD, 1965.
      In this study, after surveying a number of American authors writing about Polynesia, he analyzes the works of the above twentieth-century American authors, who also wrote about Polynesia.


Roulston, Robert. James Norman Hall. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1978.

     In this book, he expands his study of James Norman Hall to include the non-Polynesian writings and the collaborative efforts with Charles Nordhoff, resulting in many works, most importantly the Bounty Trilogy.

Roulston, Robert, and Helen. The Winding Road to West Egg: The Artistic Development of F. Scott Fitzgerald.. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell UP/Associated UP, 1995.

     In this book, we examine ways in which Fitzgerald's early writings--plays, short stories, and novels--do or do not anticipate The Great Gatsby. We also include a short epilogue concerned with Fitzgerald's post-Gatsby works.

     Reviewed by Todd Stebbins of William Penn College in The F. Scott Fitzgerald Society Newsletter Dec. 1996: 12-14.

     This is "a work that does a good job with some close readings of the stories leading up to The Great Gatsby, pointing to themes, characters, plots, and--most insightful--the writing style that Fitzgerald developed as he evolved from aspiring 'greatest writer' to the brilliant technician of popular stories and on to the artist who so successfully controls his material in The Great Gatsby" (13-14).
      "What this book does offer is acute observations about several important things: Fitzgerald's literary influences, the role of autobiography in his work, several of his stories and novels (especially The Great Gatsby up to 1925), and the real magic of Fitzgerald's prose--his style" (14).

Articles on F. Scott Fitzgerald

Roulston, Robert. "This Side of Paradise: The Ghost of Rupert Brooke." Fitzgerald/Hemingway Annual, 1975: 117-29.

---. "The Beautiful and Damned: The Alcoholic's Revenge." Literature and Psychology 27 (1977): 148-56.

---. "Dick Diver's Plunge into the Roman Void: The Setting of Tender Is the Night." South Atlantic Quarterly 76 (1878): 85-97. Rpt. in Critical Assessments: F. Scott Fitzgerald . Ed. Henry Claridge. Canterbury: Helm Information Critical Assessments of Writers in English. Canterbury: Christopher Helm, Publishers, Ltd., 1992.

---. "Tom Buchanan: Patrician in Motley." Arizona Quarterly 34 (1978): 101-11.

---. "Slumbering with the Just: A Maryland Lens for Tender Is the Night." Southern Quarterly 16 (1978): 105-16.

---. "Traces of Tono-Bungay in The Great Gatsby." Journal of Narrative Technique 10 (1980): 68-76.

---. "Whistling in Dixie: The Last Tycoon and F. Scott Fitzgerald's Two Souths." South Atlantic Quarterly 79 (1980): 355-63. Rpt. in F. Scott Fitzgerald: Modern Critical Views. Ed. Harold Bloom. New York: Chelsea House, 1985: 157-65.p> ---. "Something Borrowed, Something New: A Discussion of Literary Influences on The Great Gatsby." Critical Studies on The Great Gatsby. Ed. Scott Donaldson. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1984: 55-65.

---. "Rummaging Through F. Scott Fitzgerald's 'Trash': Early Stories in The Saturday Evening Post." Journal of Popular Culture 22 (1988): 151-63.

---. "Fitzgerald's 'May Day': The Uses of Irresponsibility." Modern Fiction Studies 34 (1988): 207-15. Rpt. in Short Story Criticism. Gale Research Company.

---. "Fitzgerald's 'The Swimmers': Strokes Against the Current." New Essays on Fitzgerald's Neglected Short Stories. Ed. Jackson R. Bryer. Columbia: U of Missouri P, 1996.

Roulston, Robert, and Helen. “The Great Gatsby: Fitzgerald’s Opulent Synthesis.” Rpt. in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Ed. with an Introd. by Harold Bloom. Broomall, PA: Chelsea House Publishers, 2004. 69-83.
[This is a chapter from the above book, The Winding Road to West Egg: The Artistic Development of F. Scott Fitzgerald.]

Roulston, Robert, and Helen H. Roulston. "The Great Gatsby: The Opulent Synthesis." Rpt. in Critical Insights: The Great Gatsby. Ed Morris Dickinson. Pasadena, CA: Salem, 2009. 124-43. Cited in the Bibliography of The F. Scott Fitzgerald Review 8 (2010): 246-47.
[This is a chapter from the above book, The Winding Road to West Egg: The Artistic Development of F. Scott Fitzgerald.]

Articles on other Authors

---. "The Libidinous Lobster: The Semi-Flaw in Dreiser's Superman." Rendezvous 9 (Spring 1974-Winter 1974-75): 35-40.

---. "Hawthorne's Attitude Toward Jews." American Transcendental Quarterly 29 (1973): 3-8.

---. "The Contrapuntal Complexity of Willa Cather's The Song of the Lark." The Midwest Quarterly 17 (1976): 350-68.

---. “James Norman Hall: Past, Present, and Future.” Books at Iowa 29 (1978): 3-13.

Helen Roulston's Editing

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