A Short Autobiography
Some pieces are better then others but still all of them are interesting. All you get is really a snapshot but filtered through ...more
A bit of a Fitzgerald yard sale, this loosely thematic collection gathers together 19 ostensibly autobiographical pieces. I say "loosely" because most were written for a quick buck when FSF needed to pay the bills, so that the lion's share of the pieces ("essays" is too lofty a term for these sketches) read like throwaway of-the-moment glosses on, say, modern "girls" (tellingly not "women"). Thick with name checks and given to a self-indulgently chatty tone that has worn very b ...more
Before I start this review, allow me to make a note that I have been completely in love Fitzgerald's work since I was 15. I have an extensive collection of Fitzgerald, from his novels to nearly every short story he has written. In addition, I was happy to find this book which has a compilation of news articles and columns he's written throughout his career. The beginning of the book had me completely in awe and starstruck because it was different from anything I have read from him. It was person...more
"...I might as well declare that the chief thing I've learned so far is: If you don't know much--well, nobody else knows much more. And nobody knows half as much about your own interests as you know.
If you believe in anything very strongly--including yourself--and if you go after that thing alone, you end up in jail, in heaven, in the headlines, or in the largest house on the block, according to what you started aft ...more
Still, it's not really a biography. You can only make gues ...more
The only flaw was that there wasn't much about Zelda.
I wouldn't call this an autobiography but the book does give some good insigh ...more
this is a taste of his non fiction. it s not an autobiography. he talks of his struggles being a writer and the difficulties of writing to earn money. Like Virginia Woolf he says ..all you need to earn money is a pencil and some paper.. I like that concept and wish I could do so with my many writings. but, although i consider myself to be a writer, i never rewrite. thus, i have many handwritten journals which no one but me can read. i wished i would have typed them years ago.
Personally, I enjoy the idea of reading about the man before I read his work.