ACDelco Radiators & Heating Components Best Books of the Month Shop Men's Watches Cloud Drive Photos nav_sap_SWP_6M_fly_beacon $5 Albums belkin All-New Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote Subscribe & Save Introducing Handmade Find the Best Purina Pro Plan for Your Pet Amazon Gift Card Offer wdftv wdftv wdftv  Amazon Echo Starting at $49.99 Kindle Voyage AutoRip in CDs & Vinyl Shop Now STEM Toys & Games

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Buy Used
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Acceptable | Details
Sold by dndgalleries
Condition: Used: Acceptable
Comment: Paperback, Acceptable. All items shipped within 24 hours or next business day!
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Letters of F Scott Fitzgerald Paperback – 1963

1 customer review

See all 20 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
"Please retry"
Paperback, 1963
Unknown Binding
"Please retry"

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (1963)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Customer Reviews

5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
See the customer review
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Mass Market Paperback
Turnbull organizes the letters according to Fitzgerald's correspondents. He thus has sections on Fitgerald's letters to his daughter Scottie, to his wife Zelda, to his editor Maxwell Perkins, to his contemporary and friend Hemingway, to assorted others. I found the most interesting section the one in which Fitzgerald works to encourage support and educate his daughter. In the course of this we learn of many other things, including Fitzgerald's devotion to his sick wife Zelda, his constant sense of struggling to make money, his giving great parts of his time to writing screenplays. He is strict at times and it seems to me unusually honest in trying to educate his daughter. He values hard work and worries very much she will fall into a world of privilege and worthless hedonism. He at the same time reveals his own strong desire that she make it somehow to the world of the privileged.
In his letters to Maxwell Perkins we see him struggling with the writing, the correcting of the work, the making of money. What is astonishing is that he seems to have no idea that 'The Great Gatsby' is the one work of his that really makes it into the canon. He spends a lot of time fussing over 'Tender is the Night'. He apparently hated writing stories, but these could be money-makers and so he forced himself at them. My own sense is that they are far from his best work.
His letters to Hemingway are a bit deferential. He recognized Hemingway's value and wrote to Maxwell Perkins that Hemingway was the 'real thing'.
There are in certain pages of the work the kind of graceful beautiful writing Fitzgerald could be wonderful at. In other passages there are hints of prejudice.narrow-mindedness and pettiness.
Money and the struggle for it pervades these letters.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse