- Paperback: 638 pages
- Publisher: Dell paperback; First Paperback Edition edition (1966)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000PYEPES
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 4.3 x 1.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,703,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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the letters of f. scott fitzgerald Paperback – 1966
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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.