F. Scott Fitzgerald on Authorship

Edited with an introduction by Matthew J. Bruccoli with Judith S. Baughman

Writings that provide a clear sense of Fitzgerald's seriousness about writing

F. Scott Fitzgerald on Authorship assembles Fitzgerald's public and private writings on his trade and craft. The forty-six selections in this volume construct an autobiographical account of Fitzgerald's twenty-year endeavor to maintain careers as a commercial writer and as a literary artist, and they correct misconceptions that have impeded a proper assessment of his professionalism and have distorted his reputation as a man of letters.

In a substantial introduction to the volume, Matthew J. Bruccoli positions Fitzgerald as a case history for the profession-of-authorship approach to American literary history as formulated by William Charvat. Bruccoli challenges familiar myths about Fitzgerald's squandering of fortunes and literary genius, and he exposes the error of segregating Fitzgerald's magazine and movie work from his novels.

In his own words, Fitzgerald corrects the most condescending and irksome notion about him-that he was a literary ignoramus who wrote brilliantly without knowing what he was doing. As these letters, notebook entries, book reviews, and articles clearly indicate, Fitzgerald reached usable conclusionsabout the craft of writing, the discipline of authorship, and the obligations of literature.

6 x 9, approx. 270 pages
cloth, ISBN 1-57003-146-0, $29.95t

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