By F. Scott Fitzgerald
Author note: a brand new assortment edited and annotated through Matthew J. Bruccoli
Publish yr note: First released March 1st 1980
A vivid self-portrait of an artist whose paintings was once his life.
In this new number of F. Scott Fitzgerald's letters, edited via major Fitzgerald pupil 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 stylish authors. A lifestyles in Letters is the main complete quantity of Fitzgerald's letters -- a lot 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 accustomed to Fitzgerald's mythical "jazz age" social existence and his friendships with Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Edmund Wilson, and different well-known authors, few are conscious of his writings approximately his existence and his perspectives on writing. Letters to his editor Maxwell Perkins illustrate the advance of Fitzgerald's literary sensibility; these to his pal and competitor Ernest Hemingway display their tricky dating. the main poignant letters right here have been written to his spouse, Zelda, from the time in their courtship in Montgomery, Alabama, in the course of international struggle I to her prolonged convalescence in a hospital close to Asheville, North Carolina. Fitzgerald is through 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 basically of Fitzgerald as a hard-drinking playboy for whom writing was once easy, those letters convey his critical, painstaking issues with growing reasonable, sturdy art.
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