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The Thoughtbook of F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Secret Boyhood Diary (Fesler-Lampert Minnesota Heritage) Paperback – September 1, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-0816679775 ISBN-10: 0816679770

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Product Details

  • Series: Fesler-Lampert Minnesota Heritage
  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press (September 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816679770
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816679775
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #425,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Thoughtbook is a fascinating document. You can see the social analyst, the novelist of manners, just beginning to develop.

—James L. W. West III, General Editor, Cambridge Fitzgerald Edition

About the Author


F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896–1940) was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and spent much of his youth living in the Crocus Hill neighborhood. He went on to become one of the most famous American novelists of the twentieth century, often drawing on his youthful experiences in St. Paul in his stories and novels.


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F. Scott Fitzgerald was one of the major American writers of the twentieth century -- a figure whose life and works embodied powerful myths about our national dreams and aspirations. Fitzgerald was talented and perceptive, gifted with a lyrical style and a pitch-perfect ear for language. He lived his life as a romantic, equally capable of great dedication to his craft and reckless squandering of his artistic capital. He left us one sure masterpiece, The Great Gatsby; a near-masterpiece, Tender Is the Night; and a gathering of stories and essays that together capture the essence of the American experience. His writings are insightful and stylistically brilliant; today he is admired both as a social chronicler and a remarkably gifted artist.

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Although this book is stated to be 88 pages in length, be aware that the childhood notebook that is transcribed here was only 14 pages long. The introductory forward and afterward take up more pages than the actual writings of Fitzgerald. It is a very brief book, that can be read in its entirety in an hour or less. I was a little disappointed, but overall was glad to have read it.

The editor's Afterward is thoughtful and well written in its discussion of how Fitgerald mined the activities and dialogue of his notebook to use in later works. One can easily see how Fitzgerald's adolescent writings presage his later subject matter and style. The transcription of the notebook preserves Fitzgerald's original spelling and grammar. However, there are some errors by Dave Page, the editor, in his own manuscript, that should have been identified and corrected (i.e. spelling the girl's name "Kitty" as "Kiddy").
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By Philip Ryan on August 12, 2014
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As a Fitzgerald completist, I thought this might go in the "extra track and a tacky badge" category, but I thought it was superb. It provides great insight into FSF's childhood and stories of childhood, which is a hugely important theme for him. Highly recommend for serious fans of Fitzgerald's work.
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