Scott Fitzgerald : a biography

by Meyers, Jeffrey.

Format: Print Book 1994
Availability: Available at 7 Libraries 7 of 7 copies
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction PS3511.I9 Z687 1994
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Moon Township Public Library Biography B FITZGERA
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Non-Fiction 813 FITZGERALD
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Northland Public Library Biography B FITZGERALD
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Plum Community Library Adult Biography 92 FIT
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Sewickley Public Library Biography B FITZGERALD 1994
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Shaler North Hills Library Biography 92 FITZGERALD
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A biography of one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century that includes new material. Fitzgerald rose to fame in his 20s with stories chronicling the upheaval of manners and morals in the Jazz Age, and with his wife Zelda blurred the line between literature and life.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Although this is the first in-depth biography of the tragically great American writer Scott Fitzgerald to be published in several decades, it tells the same old sad story. Not to say that Meyers, an accomplished literary biographer who has written about D. H. Lawrence and Hemingway, hasn't unearthed fresh material. He has, but it all substantiates our image of Fitzgerald as beautiful and damned, a genius forced by circumstance and temperament to squander his talent. Indeed, Meyers provides us with a dizzying number of anecdotes about Fitzgerald's dismaying behavior, profligacy, and fear of sexual intimacy and inadequacy, but it is Meyers' compassionate interpretation of Fitzgerald's weaknesses and appreciation for his achievements that make this an invaluable and unforgettable portrait. Meyers explores all the ramifications of Fitzgerald's complex and destructive marriage to the once vivacious, later incurably mad Zelda, concluding that when it came down to it, Fitzgerald demonstrated admirable loyalty and compassion. Torn between the need for money and the demands of serious art, and saddled with an overwhelming sense of inferiority that drove him to drink--a habit his hypoglycemic body couldn't handle--Fitzgerald did the best he could, ultimately enriching our lives with his achingly original and enduring fiction. ~--Donna Seaman"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Meyers's compulsively readable, marvelously vivid biography of Jazz Age novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) uncovers a wealth of new details that cumulatively bring into focus a tragic figure torn between the struggle for artistic integrity and the desire to live up to his glamorous image. Biographer of Hemingway, Poe and D. H. Lawrence, Meyers is especially adept at discussing Fitzgerald's alcoholism, which alienated his friends; the devastating impact of his wife Zelda's three mental breakdowns and her plunge into madness; and Fitzgerald's well-intentioned but misguided parenting of their daughter Scottie whom he raised virtually on his own. Meyers provides much new material on Fitzgerald's numerous love affairs, on his friendships with Edmund Wilson, Hemingway and others, on his formative years at a Catholic boarding school and on his academic disaster at Princeton. He is also insightful in ferreting out links between Fitzgerald's ``extremely autobiographical'' fiction and his chaotic life. Photos. BOMC alternate; QPB selection. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Fitzgerald, F. Scott -- (Francis Scott), -- 1896-1940.
Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography.
Publisher New York :HarperCollins,1994
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description xiv, 400 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [389]-393) and index.
ISBN 0060190361 :
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