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Sheilah Graham’s Letter to “Cousin Ceci” After Fitzgerald’s Death

Approximately three weeks after F. Scott Fitzgerald’s death, Sheilah Graham, his companion in Hollywood, wrote this letter to Cecilia “Ceci” Taylor, Fitzgerald’s cousin. The last paragraph is of particular interest because Graham describes Maxwell Perkins’s plan to issue a “memorial book that will include extracts from the new book and perhaps ‘The Great Gatsby’ and some of Scott’s best short stories.” Perkins’s intention was realized when, in October 1941, Scribners published The Last Tycoon . . . Together with The Great Gatsby and Selected Stories.

submitted by: Catherine E. Lewis / [Index]


Fitzgerald’s Revised Coda to “The Swimmers”

This revised ending of the forty-five-page revised typescript of “The Swimmers” reveals the effort Fitzgerald expended on a crucial step in his writing process: the careful revision of his typescript drafts. His revisions in this story demonstrate how his expatriate experience reinforced his deeply felt identification with America, with its history and hopes. “The Swimmers” was a story for The Saturday Evening Post (19 October 1929), but the painstaking revision evident here is not the work of a writer interested only in quick financial gain.

submitted by: Michael Cody / [Index]


Fitzgerald’s “Reporter’s Note Book”

During the time that Fitzgerald was working on his final, unfinished novel, he kept a reporter’s notebook in which to record thoughts and observations about Hollywood for the novel. On the first page of what remains of this 4 3/4” X 6”, six-page notebook (pages are missing), Fitzgerald describes Hollywood types whom he has encountered and distinguishes them from Monroe Stahr, the hero of The Love of the Last Tycoon.


submitted by: Cy League / [Index]


Gertrude Stein’s Inscription to Fitzgerald

Stein inscribed her book How to Write (Paris: Plain Edition, 1931) “To Fitzgerald and I hope you did not mind my putting you in here.” On page 30 of How to Write, Fitzgerald underlined the phrase “That is the cruelest thing I ever heard,” apparently identifying the reference in Stein’s inscription. He was introduced to Stein by Ernest Hemingway in 1925. Fitzgerald never became a follower of her ideas, but Stein praised his writing. Of The Great Gatsby she wrote, “[I]t is a good book. I like the melody of your dedication it shows that you have a background of beauty and tenderness and that is a comfort. The next good thing is that you write naturally in sentences and that too is a comfort” (The Crack-Up, p. 308).

submitted by: Robert F. Moss / [Index]


The Fitzgeralds’ Passports, 1925

From spring 1924 to fall 1931 the Fitzgeralds lived mostly abroad. Although he associated with the literary expatriate group that included Ernest Hemingway, Fitzgerald remained strongly tied to American values and ideals in his fiction. His stories set abroad portray Europe as a corrupting force conducive to moral dissipation and disastrous for Americans.

Beginning with “Love in the Night” (The Saturday Evening Post, 14 March 1925), Fitzgerald began to write stories with foreign settings. Parisian cafes and Swiss hotels became such frequent settings for Fitzgerald’s fiction that, according to Harold Ober in a 6 January 1931 letter, the magazine editors wanted “American stories—that is stories laid on this side of the Atlantic” (As Ever, Scott Fitz—, p. 176).

submitted by: Park Bucker / [Index]


Maxwell Perkins’s 8 April 1938 Letter to Fitzgerald

In this four-page letter, Perkins relates Hemingway’s recent departure to report on the Spanish Civil War and the merits of his new play, The Fifth Column. Taken with Perkins’s letter of 17 December 1929 (also in the Bruccoli Collection of F. Scott Fitzgerald), this 8 April 1938 letter attests to Perkins’s determination to foster good relations among his sometimes fractious writers and to encourage them to solidify their literary connections.


submitted by: Mary Sidney Watson / [Index]

Fitzgerald Centenary Comments

This page updated 15 May 2005.
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