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Winter Dreams: Introduction
Winter Dreams: Plot Summary
Winter Dreams: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Winter Dreams: Themes
Winter Dreams: Quotes
Winter Dreams: Characters
Winter Dreams: Symbols
Winter Dreams: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald
Historical Context of Winter Dreams
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- Full Title: Winter Dreams
- When Written: 1921-1922
- Where Written: St. Paul, Minnesota
- When Published: December 1922 in Metropolitan magazine; February 1926 in Fitzgerald’s third volume of stories, All the Sad Young Men
- Literary Period: Modernism
- Genre: Short Story
- Setting: Minnesota and New York City
- Climax: Devlin, a business associate from Detroit, tells Dexter that Judy is unhappily married and has lost her looks.
- Point of View: Third-person omniscient
Extra Credit for Winter Dreams
The Muse. In 1914, Fitzgerald met Ginerva King, a beautiful, alluring girl from an exclusive Chicago suburb. Though the teenaged Fitzgerald was quite enamored with her, he was one of many boyfriends and she married someone else. Ginerva was reputed to be the inspiration not only for Judy Jones, but also for Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby and Isabelle in This Side of Paradise.
The Diver. Dexter fantasizes about giving “an exhibition of fancy diving” at the Sherry Island Golf Club to entertain wealthy elites. While vacationing with his wife, Zelda, in the south of France, Fitzgerald would accept her challenges to dive off of dangerously high cliffs while wealthy and famous friends watched.