Scribner Book Company
July 14, 1998
4.81 X 0.63 X 8.44 inches | 0.53 pounds
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About the Author
F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in 1896 in St Paul, Minnesota, and went to Princeton University, which he left in 1917 to join the army. He was said to have epitomized the Jazz Age, which he himself denied as 'a generation grown up to find all Gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken'. In 1920 he married Zelda Sayre. Their traumatic marriage and her subsequent breakdowns became the leading influence in his writing. Among his publications were five novels, This Side of Paradise, The Great Gatsby, The Beautiful and Damned, Tender is the Night and The Last Tycoon (his last and unfinished work); six volumes of short stories and The Crack--Up, a selection of autobiographical pieces. Fitzgerald died suddenly in 1940. After his death The New York Times said of him that 'He was better than he knew, for in fact and in the literary sense he invented a generation ... he might have interpreted and even guided them, as in their middle years they saw a different and nobler freedom threatened with destruction.'
James L. W. West III is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English at Pennsylvania State University.
Chicago Tribune Bears the impress of genius...splendid and fascinating.