A Short Autobiography by F. Scott Fitzgerald & James L. W. III West

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A self-portrait of a great writer. A Short Autobiography charts Fitzgerald's progression from exuberant and cocky with "What I think and Feel at 25", to mature and reflective with "One Hundred False Starts" and "The Death of My Father." Compiled and edited by Professor James West, this revealing collection of personal essays and articles reveals the beloved author in his own words.

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F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1896, attended Princeton University, and published his first novel, This Side of Paradise, in 1920. That same year he married Zelda Sayre and the couple divided their time among New York, Paris, and the Riviera, becoming a part of the American expatriate circle that included Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, and John Dos Passos. Fitzgerald was a major new literary voice, and his masterpieces include The Beautiful and Damned, The Great Gatsby, and Tender Is the Night. He died of a heart attack in 1940 at the age of forty-four, while working on The Love of the Last Tycoon. For his sharp social insight and breathtaking lyricism, Fitzgerald is known as one of the most important American writers of the twentieth century.
Published August 2, 2011 by Scribner. 224 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The title suggests something more significant than this collection of magazine essays delivers.

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An autobiographical glimpse into the early triumphs and later struggles of Fitzgerald.

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Seattle PI

If you're very interested in Fitzgerald, you'll probably be more interested in looking at the essays collected in the Cambridge Edition of Fitzgerald's works.

Jun 16 2012 | Read Full Review of A Short Autobiography


In “How to Waste Material: A Note on My Generation,” Fitzgerald writes presciently of a young writer: “And many of us … have felt a sort of renewal of excitement at these stories wherein Ernest Hemingway turns a corner into the street.” In “How to Live on Practically Nothing a Year,” Fitzgerald d...

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Although many of the nineteen selections largely offer opinions, or satirically veiled accounts of biographical incidents, "Afternoon of an Author" (first published in Esquire magazine, 1936) provides a "day-in-the-life-of" glance at Fitzgerald's thoughts and actions that no biographer could poss...

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and the increasing necessity of picking over a well-picked past.” But this is not “The Crack-Up,” the collection of Fitzgerald nonfiction published five years after his death in 1940, which West says paints Fitzgerald as “an apologist for the 1920s, a chronicler of remorse and regret, and a stude...

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