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”

Fatherly advice from F. Scott Fitzgerald

“You have got two beautiful bad examples for parents. Just do everything we didn’t do and you will be perfectly safe.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald in a letter to his daughter, December 1940 I recently started working my way through The Letters of F. Scott Fitzgerald, the first large collection of his letters to beContinue reading “Fatherly advice from F. Scott Fitzgerald”