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Crazy Sundays: F. Scott Fitzgerald in Hollywood Paperback – May 1, 1972


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Pocket; First Edition edition (May 1, 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671781901
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671781903
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,553,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mike Smith on March 31, 2006
Format: Paperback
With the exception of a bunch of books about "The Great Gatsby," I've never read a biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald other than this one.

And yet this was still very enjoyable.

This is a fascinating, well-written portrait of a successful novelist trying to make it in an element that is not his own. Fitzgerald went from being acclaimed for his books and stories, to being a nobody hired to revise scripts. In Hollywood, no one seemed to care who he was, and life was always a struggle for him--an interesting struggle though, a page-turning struggle, a struggle worth reading about.

Every chapter of the book is a different one of his Hollywood writing projects, and by the end of it all, you are almost certain to have a good idea not only of Fitzgerald's time in Hollywood and of him as a man who "knew more in his books than he did in real life," but of his troubled relationships, his family life, his uneven past, and his ambitions.

This is a very enjoyable book that is very worth reading for any fan of his work, or for anyone interested in the writing process.
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This book does a very good, lively job of chronicling Fitzgerald's relationship with show business, from his childhood play writing and directing to his successive, mostly failed encounters with Broadway and Hollywood, to his final, partial success in working it into his great unfinished novel, The Last Tycoon. As biography, however, it is highly unreliable if entertaining because it repeats a lot of made-up stuff by Lilian Hellman and Bill Warren (and possibly others). Hellman never drove Fitzgerald to a party for Ernest Hemingway, Hemingway never moved in with Fitzgerald in Malibu, and Warren never played tennis with a nude Zelda Fitzgerald. (They're good yarns, though.) Latham's appraisal of Fitzgerald's personality and character are consequently skewed-- Mathew Brucoli covers a lot of this in his excellent doorstop-- Some Kind of Epic Grandeur-- so go that for Fitzgerald biography.
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Painful at times to learn how FSF ended his writing career in Hollywood. He tried to make things work, and even contributed to "Gone with the Wind," but his talents were largely wasted. I learned quite a bit from the book, but found myself cringing for my favorite writer, as one thing after another didn't fall his way. What a heroic fight he boldly made in Tinsel Town.
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