By F. Scott Fitzgerald
Author note: a brand new assortment edited and annotated via Matthew J. Bruccoli
Publish yr note: First released March 1st 1980
A brilliant self-portrait of an artist whose paintings used to be his life.
In this new selection of F. Scott Fitzgerald's letters, edited through prime Fitzgerald student and biographer Matthew J. Bruccoli, we see via his personal phrases the creative and emotional maturation of 1 of America's such a lot enduring and chic authors. A existence in Letters is the main accomplished quantity of Fitzgerald's letters -- lots of them showing in print for the 1st time. The fullness of the choice and the chronological association make this assortment the nearest factor to an autobiography that Fitzgerald ever wrote.
While many readers are acquainted with Fitzgerald's mythical "jazz age" social lifestyles and his friendships with Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Edmund Wilson, and different well-known authors, few are conscious of his writings approximately his lifestyles and his perspectives on writing. Letters to his editor Maxwell Perkins illustrate the improvement of Fitzgerald's literary sensibility; these to his good friend and competitor Ernest Hemingway exhibit their tricky courting. the main poignant letters the following have been written to his spouse, Zelda, from the time in their courtship in Montgomery, Alabama, in the course of global conflict I to her prolonged convalescence in a hospital close to Asheville, North Carolina. Fitzgerald is by means of turns affectionate and proud in his letters to his daughter, Scottie, at school within the East whereas he was once suffering in Hollywood.
For readers who imagine essentially of Fitzgerald as a hard-drinking playboy for whom writing was once easy, those letters exhibit his severe, painstaking issues with developing lifelike, sturdy art.
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