"I know myself," he cried, "but that is all-" - F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise
F. Scott Fitzgerald - An Annotated Bibliography
The American author F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896 - 1940) published his first novel 'This Side of Paradise' (1920) almost 100 years ago. Yet, even though his writing is firmly rooted in the era he lived in - the heyday of the Roaring Twenties - his works still feel contemporary. The age of the mass media had just begun when Fitzgerald started his career, but still he anticipated how omnipresent images would impact the way we lead our lives. Beauty matters to his heroes. Glittering surfaces attract them. Yet more often than not, their journeys end in bitter disappointment when they realize that the world does not live up to their ideals - neither in an aesthetic nor in an ethical sense.
This site provides an annotated bibliography of Fitzgerald's works and offers an overview of his literary work and its movie adaptations, the biographies and other books about his writing as well as links to other websites dedicated to Fitzgerald.
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Links to other recommended Fitzgerald websites
Recently reviewed: ’The Thoughtbook of F. Scott Fitzgerald' - the author’s previously unpublished teen diary
In case you are 14 years old, keeping a diary and harboring ambitions to literary fame, you do not need to worry if your journal entries lack style or substance. F. Scott Fitzgerald did not fare much better during this stage of his life as the recently published The Thoughtbook of F. Scott Fitzgerald shows. However, reading the text will also remind you that, if you do manage to become a famous author, then scholars are going to be interested in anything you ever scribbled down, including your teenage thoughts on girls and gossip. That’s why we can now pry into Fitzgerald's private musings on the waxing and waning of his affections, even though they were never meant to be read by anyone but himself. After all, he kept his diary locked in a box under his bed. Perhaps that’s where it should have remained, both to spare Fitzgerald any posthumous embarrassment and today’s reader an hour of solid boredom.
Recently reviewed: 'Temperature' - a previously unpublished short-story by F. Scott Fitzgerald
If any additional proof was needed that Fitzgerald disliked Hollywood, it has just arrived in the shape of his unflattering portrayal of the fictional actress Elsa Halliday in his short story 'Temperature'. The corresponding script had lain dormant in the Princeton library for decades until the editors of The Strand magazine published it in their Q3 2015 edition. There are many ways to enjoy 'Temperature': as the author's thinly disguised love letter to his real-life secretary Frances Kroll, as an exercise in merging the art of script and story writing ('And at this point, as they say in picture making, the camera goes into the house, and we go with it.', is the segue into the main part of the plot) or as a revival of Fitzgerald's skill in crafting romantic tales. After all, the basic premise behind 'Temperature' - love flourishes against a backdrop of illusion and deception - already informed 'The Offshore Pirate', one of his earliest published short-stories. However, more than anything, 'Temperature' is testament to the power of make-believe, not just over the reader's, but even over the writer's mind. In telling the story of a 31-year-old author who, due to a mix-up at the doctor's office, believes himself to be dying of a heart disease, 42-year-old Fitzgerald projected himself into the role of a younger man whose illness turns out to be illusory while he himself would be dead only 18 months after finishing the story.
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