Babylon Revisited | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Carlos Baker

This literature criticism consists of approximately 13 pages of analysis & critique of Babylon Revisited.
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Critical Essay by Carlos Baker

SOURCE: "When the Story Ends: 'Babylon Revisited'," in The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald, edited by Jackson R. Bryer, The University of Wisconsin Press, 1982, pp. 269-77.

In the following essay, Baker analyzes images of freedom and imprisonment in "Babylon Revisited."

A kind of change came in my fate,
My keepers grew compassionate,
I know not what had made them so.
They were inured to sights of woe.
And so it was:—my broken chain
With links unfastened did remain
And it was liberty to stride
Along my cell from side to side.

—Byron, "The Prisoner of Chillon"

Fitzgerald once called "Babylon Revisited" a magnificent short story (Letters). The adjective still holds. It is probably his best. Written in December, 1930, it was first published February 21, 1931, in the Saturday Evening Post, whose...

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