By Andrew Hook (auth.)

ISBN-10: 0333738497

ISBN-13: 9780333738498

ISBN-10: 0333803345

ISBN-13: 9780333803349

ISBN-10: 1403919267

ISBN-13: 9781403919267

Often visible as a mirroring the modern stream of yank historical past itself, Scott Fitzgerald's literary lifestyles was once a roller-coaster experience from early good fortune within the Twenties to obvious oblivion through the tip of the Nineteen Thirties. This learn makes an attempt to account for the sort of difficult profession via concentrating on Fitzgerald's fight to maintain a deadly balancing act among his dedication to a wholly concerning existence at the one hand, and his parallel dedication to the intense company of artwork at the other.

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Such observations were certainly consonant with Fitzgerald’s own sense that in This Side of Paradise he was writing the story of the youth of his generation. In any event, collections of his short stories would eventually become a regular feature of Fitzgerald’s publishing history. III In the middle of January 1920, Fitzgerald left his parents’ home in St Paul and went to live in New Orleans. Here was a twenty-threeyear-old author who by the end of 1919, had published or had had accepted for publication, six stories, three plays, and a poem; he had already earned $879 from his writing and his first novel was about to be issued by a prestigious New York publisher.

Was success with Zelda compatible with success as a writer? Fitzgerald never stated his dilemma as bluntly as this, but it was certainly there at the back of his mind. In a fascinating letter to an old friend, Ruth Sturtevant, written as late as December 1918 from Camp Sheridan, when the possibility of marriage to Zelda must have been preoccupying him, he insisted that marriage would be a disaster: ‘But my mind is firmly made up that I will not, shall not, can not, should not, must not marry . ’ (L, 474).

Fitzgerald plunged instantly into what he subsequently saw as ill-thought-out revisions. In October Perkins rejected the manuscript for a second time. Fitzgerald was predictably depressed and deflated; the telegram of rejection preserved in his scrapbook was headed ‘the end of a dream’. II If October 1918 marked at least a temporary set-back in Fitzgerald’s literary career, other events had occurred by then that were to have a major impact upon his writing future. After training at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, the US Army sent Fitzgerald first to Camp Taylor, Louisville, Kentucky, then to Camp Gordon, Georgia, and finally to Camp Sheridan near Montgomery, Alabama.

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