F. Scott Fitzgerald by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Love of the Last Tycoon: A Western (The Cambridge Edition of the Works of )

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The Last Tycoon, edited by the renowned literary critic Edmund Wilson, was first published a year after Fitzgerald's death and includes the author's notes and outline for his unfinished literary masterpiece. It is the story of the young Hollywood mogul Monroe Stahr, who was inspired by the life of boy-genius Irving Thalberg, and is an exposé of the studio system in its heyday.
 

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F(rancis) Scott Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, on September 24, 1896. He was educated at Princeton University and served in the U.S. Army from 1917 to 1919, attaining the rank of second lieutenant. In 1920 Fitzgerald married Zelda Sayre, a young woman of the upper class, and they had a daughter, Frances. Fitzgerald is regarded as one of the finest American writers of the 20th Century. His most notable work was the novel, The Great Gatsby (1925). The novel focused on the themes of the Roaring Twenties and of the loss of innocence and ethics among the nouveau riche. He also made many contributions to American literature in the form of short stories, plays, poetry, music, and letters. Ernest Hemingway, who was greatly influenced by Fitzgerald's short stories, wrote that Fitzgerald's talent was "as fine as the dust on a butterfly's wing." Yet during his lifetime Fitzgerald never had a best-selling novel and, toward the end of his life, he worked sporadically as a screenwriter at motion picture studios in Los Angeles. There he contributed to scripts for such popular films as Winter Carnival and Gone with the Wind. Fitzgerald's work is inseparable from the Roaring 20s. Berenice Bobs Her Hair and A Diamond As Big As The Ritz, are two short stories included in his collections, Tales of the Jazz Age and Flappers and Philosophers. His first novel The Beautiful and Damned was flawed but set up Fitzgerald's major themes of the fleeting nature of youthfulness and innocence, unattainable love, and middle-class aspiration for wealth and respectability, derived from his own courtship of Zelda. This Side of Paradise (1920) was Fitzgerald's first unqualified success. Tender Is the Night, a mature look at the excesses of the exuberant 20s, was published in 1934. Much of Fitzgerald's work has been adapted for film, including Tender is the Night , The Great Gatsby, and Babylon Revisited which was adapted as The Last Time I Saw Paris by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1954. The Last Tycoon, adapted by Paramount in 1976, was a work in progress when Fitzgerald died of a heart attack on December 21, 1940, in Hollywood, California. Fitzgerald is buried in St. Mary's Cemetery in Rockville, Maryland. Matthew J. Bruccoli, Emily Brown Jefferies Professor of English at the University of South Carolina, is the leading authority on F. Scott Fitzgerald and the authors of the House of Scribner.
 
Published May 27, 2003 by Scribner. 192 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Publishers Weekly

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Literary detective Bruccoli has produced a remarkable feat of scholarship in this welcome critical edition of the novel Fitzgerald began during his final year (1940) while working in Hollywood as a sc

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BC Books

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Scott Fitzgerald, you won't find it in Scott Donaldson's 1983 biography Fool for Love: F.

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The Washington Times

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Here, Fitzgerald assesses his contemporaries, that youthful army of great believers with “one foot planted before the war and one after it,” who “saw death ahead and were reprieved .” They were a generation “staunch by inheritance, sophisticated by fact - and rather deeply wise.” Unlike the “The...

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Pajiba

I finished the book on Sunday night, and I stayed up to about 2:30 finishing the book, expecting to then fall straight asleep afterwards.

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The New York Review of Books

But if the Fitzgerald myth can elicit calumny it can also inspire quivering obeisance, such as this from Professor Arthur Mizener, a professional Fitzgeraldian, who is reduced to a kind of stammer: “Fitzgerald’s greatest value for us is his almost eponymous character, the way his life and his wor...

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ForeWord Reviews

It’s the economic thought of Thorstein Veblen, author of The Theory of the Leisure Class, however, that Canterbery and Birch see as having the greatest influence on Fitzgerald, declaring The Great Gatsby to be “the supreme Veblenian parable of conspicuous consumption.” It’s an argument first made...

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The Paris Review

About ten years ago, after depositing my brother at camp, my parents found themselves in a junk shop in upstate New York.

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Robert McCrum: “In the department of lost meetings, one near-miss that’s always fascinated me is the on-off friendship between F.

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