While enumerating Fitzgerald's many talents, Wolfe ultimately attributes much of her success to her style. He concludes that her exceptionally disciplined prose, which gives voice to her candor and compassion, imbues her work with a sense of mood, place, and character.
Peter Wolfe is the Curators' Professor of English at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. A former Fulbright lecturer in Poland and India, Wolfe has also taught at universities in Canada, New Zealand, Russia, Taiwan, and Australia. He has written books on Graham Greene, Jean Rhys, Raymond Chandler, Yukio Mishima, William Gaddis, and the Twilight Zone television series. The author as well of Understanding Alan Bennett (University of South Carolina Press, 1999), Wolfe won the first Armchair Detective Award, for the best scholarly book in the mystery genre, for Alarms and Epitaphs: The Art of Eric Ambler. He lives in suburban St. Louis.