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By Jackson R. Bryer, Alan Margolies, Ruth Prigozy

Years after his loss of life, F. Scott Fitzgerald maintains to captivate either the preferred and the severe mind's eye. This number of essays provides clean insights into his writing, discussing ignored texts and impending frequent works from new perspectives.

Seventeen scholarly articles deal not just with Fitzgerald's novels yet together with his tales and essays besides, contemplating such issues because the Roman Catholic history of The appealing and Damned and the effect of Mark Twain on Fitzgerald's paintings and self-conception. the amount additionally gains 4 own essays through Fitzgerald's acquaintances Budd Schulberg, Frances Kroll Ring, writer Charles Scribner III, and author George Garrett that shed new mild on his own lives. jointly those contributions display the ongoing energy of Fitzgerald's paintings and determine new instructions for ongoing discussions of his existence and writing.

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His intelligence knew and understood his friend and rival's weaknesses and strengths, but his emotions left him to the very end the victim of Hemingways emotions. He never stopped worrying what Hemingway would think of him. It was pathetic really, for Hemingway had had the gall to write to him that Tender Is The Night was not really a novel, since all the characters in the book were transparently Gerald and Sara Murphy and the famous people around them at Cap d'Antibes. As if readers in the know had not been able to fill in just as easily the real names for the characters Hemingway had limned in The Sun Also Risesl But when Scott died, he left a lot of friends: Dorothy Parker, Donald Ogden Stewart, John O'Hara, Edmund Wilson.

It was a tragedy that he couldn't finish that book. I admired him so much because for someone with failing health to mount that kind of creative energy, to put into it the remarkable work he did at the time of his heart attack, was an incredible act of heroism. Finally, I want to turn my attention to Ernest Hemingway and his relationship to Scott. I'm sorry to say that Ernest was really mean-spirited toward Scott, putting him down at every opportunity. I wish I could have taped some examples of Scott's ambivalence toward Hemingway.

But three generations and namesakes later (we are a repetitive family) I am struck by the realization that I am the first generation — of no doubt many to come —to have been introduced to this authors work in a classroom. My grandfather, Fitzgerald s contemporary and friend as well as publisher, died on the eve of the critical reappraisal and the ensuing revival of his works that gained momentum in the 1950s and has continued in full force down to the present time. It was my father who presided over a literary apotheosis unprecedented in modern American letters.

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