F. Scott Fitzgerald (Magill's Literary Annual 1984)
Charming and obnoxious, success and failure, genius and hack, F. Scott Fitzgerald had one of the most compelling lives of all American writers. Fitzgerald’s wife, Zelda, was diagnosed as schizophrenic, but her husband also had a dual nature as man and artist. He could be both a generous, compassionate friend and a self-destructive show-off, both a major talent who created two of the greatest American novels, The Great Gatsby (1925) and Tender Is the Night (1934), and a writer who turned out dozens of trite stories for slick magazines.
Thus, a problem facing any biographer is to strike the proper balance between Scott the drunk and Fitzgerald the artist, and André Le Vot does that well. Another problem is that this life has been frequently chronicled; Le Vot’s is one of five major biographies of Fitzgerald, the others being Arthur Mizener’s The Far Side of Paradise (1951), Andrew Turnbull’s Scott Fitzgerald (1962), Matthew J. Bruccoli’s Some Sort of Epic Grandeur (1981), and Scott Donaldson’s Fool for Love (1983). There have also been Nancy Milford’s highly regarded Zelda (1970) and three memoirs by Sheilah Graham, Fitzgerald’s mistress during his last years. Le Vot, director of the Center for Research on Contemporary American Literature at the Sorbonne, is the leading Fitzgerald authority in Europe and worked on this biography for twenty years before its publication in France...
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