Quotes from Aldous Huxley’s first novel, Crome Yellow (1921)

I recently finished reading Aldous Huxley‘s first novel, Crome Yellow (1921). For those who only know the author from Brave New World, this is very much a departure, focusing as it does on a young man’s summer holiday at an English country estate. Using this as a premise, Huxley sets up a series of episodesContinue reading “Quotes from Aldous Huxley’s first novel, Crome Yellow (1921)”

Bob Dylan and F. Scott Fitzgerald

One thing that I want to do on this site is look at how modern artists have made reference to or been influenced by members of the Lost Generation. A couple months ago we delved into a silly Katy Perry song that made reference to Ernest Hemingway, today let’s look at F. Scott Fitzgerald andContinue reading “Bob Dylan and F. Scott Fitzgerald”

The miscellaneous letters of F. Scott Fitzgerald

I finally made it through The Letters of F. Scott Fitzgerald (1963) and so this is likely to be the last post about this book, at least for some time. Today want to look at the last section of the book, which is a collection of Fitzgerald’s miscellaneous letters to friends, family, acquaintances, admirers, and detractors.Continue reading “The miscellaneous letters of F. Scott Fitzgerald”

Princetonian correspondence: Fitzgerald, Wilson, and Bishop

There are times throughout history when a group of young talented friends all go on to do great work. One of these groups formed at Princeton in the 1910s and consisted of three men who became famous writers – F. Scott Fitzgerald, Edmund Wilson, and John Peale Bishop. While their relationships changed throughout the years,Continue reading “Princetonian correspondence: Fitzgerald, Wilson, and Bishop”

F. Scott Fitzgerald drops a letter to Ernest Hemingway

The friendship/rivalry between F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway is perhaps one of the most famous in American literature. As I continue to work my way through The Letters of F. Scott Fitzgerald (1963), today I’d like to look at some great quotes from letters Fitzgerald sent to Hemingway. First, a brief recap of their relationshipContinue reading “F. Scott Fitzgerald drops a letter to Ernest Hemingway”

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s father figure, Maxwell Perkins

The work of literary editors is extremely important, but, done behind the scenes, few are ever known to the public. One exception to this is Maxwell Perkins, longtime editor at Charles Scribner’s Sons. During his time there he was instrumental in getting early works published by Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Wolfe, Ring Lardner, and F. ScottContinue reading “F. Scott Fitzgerald’s father figure, Maxwell Perkins”

That Katy Perry song referencing Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway is interesting for any number of reasons. Long a cultural touchstone in America and beyond, the man, his works, and the “Hemingway Myth” have infiltrated all aspects of society that they are often used (and abused) by people who have never read his writing or studied his life in depth. While I admittedlyContinue reading “That Katy Perry song referencing Ernest Hemingway”