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Scott Fitzgerald follows the life of one of America's most enduring authors, from his early years in St Paul and at Princeton to New York in the twenties, the French Riviera, Baltimore, and finally Hollywood. Andrew Turnbull tells the story behind F. Scott Fitzgerald's This Side of Paradise, revised and finally published when he was twenty-four, making him instantly famous ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 5th 2004 by Vintage Classics
(first published June 1954)
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Scott Fitzgerald, by Andrew Turnbull was well-researched, thoughtful, and quickly paced. After getting about a hundred pages into it, I realized that I already had a pretty good understanding of Fitzgerald's life. I expected a huge ego and unbridled ambition. I expected embarrassing tales of public drunkenness and excess. I expected a sad end to a meteoric beginning. And I got all of these.
There were some surprises though. It came as a surprise to me just how unhinged Zelda became. Some of the s ...more
Andrew Turnbull actually knew and interacted with Fitzgerald and his family from the time he was eleven years old when Fitzgerald rented a house from Turnbull's father. To me, this made his insights on Fitzgerald all the more meaningful in this well-researched and beautifully written biography. Fitzgerald was, as many of his protagonists, a tragic figure. I am strongly reminded of Millay's oft-quoted poem, "My candle burns at both ends; it will not last the night; but ah, my foes, and oh, my fri ...more
I really enjoyed this biography. The author Andrew Turnbull had the experience of personally knowing Fitzgerald so the biography has some personal anecdotes that make the man very real. It's not a flowery book or slanted. It was a long read, but I thought it was very good.