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Product Details

  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Quality Paperback Book Club (1989)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0007H0FD8
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 3.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #719,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Michael Thomas Angelo on February 7, 2013
Format: Paperback
In my attempts to learn about F Scott Fitzgerald I came across this book written by his lover Sheilah Graham whom he was involved with during the last years of his life. While his wife Zelda languished in the mental asylum that would lead to her death in a fire, FSF was slipping into an alcoholic stupor that eventually claimed him. This is essentially the life story of Sheilah Graham who was born into poverty on London's East end as Lily Sheil. Had she continued on the trajectory set by her mother's example, she may never have aspired to be more than an illiterate maid. Her looks proved to be her saving grace as her appearance paved the way for her to obtain bigger and better opportunities. Her beauty attracted the attention of more than one well to do gentlemen who vied for her hand in marriage. She opted to reject the offer of an overweight millionaire to marry a financially comfortable military hero and entreprenuer. The marriage lifted her from the poverty stricken path she was born into and saved her from the fate befitting a scullery maid. She was able to pursue a life on the stage while keeping her marriage a secret thinking that it was better for her image if she was presumed to be single. As her showbiz life improved her social standing and put her into touch with glitzy entertainment industry types, she eventually fell into a gossip writing gig that I can best summarize as the poor man's Louella Parsons. Without a writing background and with virtually no education, she resorted to pithy put downs in her column that pissed a lot of people off. During this time, she met FSF at a party on the grounds of the fabled Garden of Allah property that was second home to many Hollywood notables from Marilyn Monroe to Frank Sinatra et al.Read more ›
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jw on April 30, 2013
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the first part of the book is about Sheilah Graham - her invention of herself and her unceasing triumphs with men, the theatre, England's cafe society - all are enchanted by Sheilah's beauty and charm, (that's how she sees it).
Her love affair with F.S. Fitzgerald is the interesting part of the book. she almost succeeded in "saving" him, but alcohol had too strong hold on him by that point. his effort to give her a college education is touching -- want to read "College for One" that is due to be republished soon.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CCH on September 25, 2014
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Lovely book, honestly written and interesting.
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