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The Love of the Last Tycoon

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  10,546 ratings  ·  802 reviews
The Last Tycoon, edited by the renowned literary critic Edmund Wilson, was first published a year after Fitzgerald's death and includes the author's notes and outline for his unfinished literary masterpiece. It is the story of the young Hollywood mogul Monroe Stahr, a character inspired by the life of boy-genius Irving Thalberg, and is an exposé of the studio system in its ...more
Paperback, 169 pages
Published April 14th 1995 by Scribner (first published 1941)
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“They were smiling at each other as if this was the beginning of the world.”

There are very few writers whose careers you can trace through their work like F. Scott Fitzgerald.

The kind of charming immaturity of This Side of Paradise; the polished, profound (if a little thematically evident), career-defining The Great Gatsby; Tender is the Night, a decade’s attempt to live up to Gatsby; and, finally, The Last Tycoon, the book that finally would’ve done so.

Aug 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I'm not precisely sure why this book effected me the way it did, but it certainly did. Fitzgerald finished writing the fifth chapter of this book before he had a heart attack and died. When you get to the end of this unfinished novel, you find the last word one of the greatest American writers ever wrote. Something about this is chilling. And despite the fact that one can not make any substantial investment in characters who we know in advance we'll never know completely or whose stories we won' ...more
Dec 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-classics
Oh, Fitzgerald, Fitzy, Scott, F. I kept putting this one off because I knew exactly how it would leave me, and I was exactly right. As much as I love Gatsby, as much as I love Tender is the Night and the short stories and the essays and every wastebasket scrap he’s written, this would have been It. Capital-I It. It still almost is, even terribly unfinished.

Now what? The other woman was more missed in her absence. They were alone and on too slim a basis for what had passed already. They exis
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's a tragedy Fitzgerald died before finishing this because it's brimming with beautiful inspired writing and completely contradicts any notion that he was washed up as a writer. It appears it would have been more similar to Gatsby than Tender is the Night. Starr is an idealistic film director who believes in treating people with kindness and respect. He's out of synch with a Hollywood becoming ever more ruthless and cynical. Not enough of the story is written down to get a feel for how exactly ...more
Aug 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, classics
Reading F. Scott Fitzgerald’s penultimate novel, “Tender is the Night,” saddened me, because it showed a once-great man struggling—and failing—to write a novel worthy of his prodigious talent and storied past.

Reading “The Last Tycoon” saddens me, because he found that novel, then suddenly died before he could finish it.

“The Last Tycoon” tells the story of Hollywood golden boy Monroe Stahr.
He’s a good guy, pays his people well, and works hard to make good, profitable films—he’s not even afraid
Daniel Clausen
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-of-2018
Originally, I had planned not to rate this book at all. After all, it's an unfinished novel. And's some of Fitzgerald's finest. Here on display is one of Fitzgerald's best literary tricks -- to have characters act in peculiar and implausible ways and to make them completely realistic and plausible. I loved every scene in this book. There is not a single sentence in this book, a single line, that doesn't crackle with energy. I just wished I could have read the finished product. ...more
Mar 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: american-lit
I have now read all of Fitzgerald's major published works. After finishing The Love of The Last Tycoon, the incomplete manuscript on his desk when he died, I ask immediately wonder how this novel differs from his other works. Did he know he had this one last chance to voice his ideas? Did he compile the breadth of his lifelong learning into his final literary hero? Unfortunately, we can only speculate on these questions. But I find comfort in the idea that we would not have these questions had n ...more
Roman Clodia
An incomplete first draft only of the book FSF was still writing when he died, this feels like a new departure or at least a fresh start. As in Gatsby there is a first person narrator who isn't one of the romantic protagonists, and large sections of what exists are almost third-person narratives of the doomed love between Monroe Stahr and Kathleen.

What marks a diversion from the previous books is that this is set in Hollywood and that Stahr is a film producer: a large part of the story revolves
Feb 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
I really wish that Fitzgerald had the chance to finish this before he died. I think out of all his novels this had the potential to be as great as the Great Gatsby. My copy of this book had notes on how Fitzgerald planned to finish the novel, he planned meticulously by all accounts. But it’s simply not the same as reading the actual story, especially as one of my favourite parts of his books are his endings.
Dec 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Another Fitzgerald novel that I read in French a long time ago, and have just rediscovered with wonder by reading it in English. There's something about Fitzgerald's writing style that is really unique and that no translation, as good as it may be, can communicate. Because The Last Tycoon is unfinished, and is a work in progress that will always stay this way, it can come across as frustrating not to have the complete novel, and to read sentences and paragraphs that the author may have rewritten ...more
Lady Nerd
Apr 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
It is strange, perhaps even morbid, to read the very last words of a favorite author on the very last page of his unfinished novel. The words wouldn’t mean as much had they been in the middle of one of the chapters, as he had originally intended them to be. But now, I feel as if this unfinished book would’ve been so much greater than his other ones, and that realization makes me so sad. You just had to go and die, Francis, didn’t ya?

So I read the outline he had in mind and where he wanted to go
Stunning scenes shrouded in the typical softness of Fitzgerald, not exempt from clichés, but that the author reclaims thanks to a strong presence, and some subtle dialogues which punctuate the story and maintain the attention.
We, therefore, regret that the author was not able to complete it, because it would undoubtedly have given a new great novel, quite in the line of its two previous ones, if the drafts had kept all their promises.
In the meantime, despite the absence of unity and above all th
Jun 17, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, to-unhaul
If only The Last Tycoon were complete, it would have certainly been a 5 stars read. In fact, Fitzgerald did not finish his last book due to his early death and what remains of the manuscript covers up to two thirds of the story he intended to write. We know how he wanted to continue it by the notes he left behind and DAMN. What he had in mind was extraordinary and the tragic finale would have won me over! But since I have to judge what remains of this book, I feel like giving it 3.5 stars.
Jovana Autumn
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La Mala ✌
EDIT: Junio, 2015

I Watched the movie again last night. Sick and all, STILL LOVED IT.

Reseña Original: November, 2014


I read the book a looong time ago, but last week I saw the movie for a fourth time and..

I'm not sure why but, for some reason, I prefer the film version to the book.


I wonder why that is...


....I mean, I think the movie had a certain something a superior someone...


I know it had something someone definitely superior...


...That i loved a lot more/u>< in the movie...


...Of course
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads, classics
This was F. Scott Fitzgerald's final book. He never finished it. On December 21, 1940, the day after he wrote chapter 6, Scott Fitzgerald died of a heart attack. For an unfinished novel The Last Tycoon is a powerful work. I feels like a second draft rather than the first draft that it apparently is. Heavens, the man could write!

I'm not sure why GR has this book listed under the title The Love of the Last Tycoon. My copy was a first edition, published in 1941 and is titled simply, The Last Tycoo
Feb 28, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's extremely unfair to rate this as it's an unfinished manuscript, especially as it's an unfinished manuscript by F. Scott Fitzgerald who was notoriously sensitive about the reception of his books. However, it's really and truly awful. I can't finish it. 72 pages in and I'm bailing. Probably best for Fitzgerald fans not to engage with this one. I absolutely adored This Side of Paradise and think his earlier work is brilliant, but this shows how deeply Fitzgerald had, at the end of his life and ...more
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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May 17, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bettie by: Laura
Shelves: spring-2013

BBC Blurb: The celebrated theatre director Bill Bryden adapts F Scott Fitzgerald's last and unfinished novel. Starring Aiden Gillen, Jack Shepherd and Charlotte Emmerson.

Haunted by the death of his wife, 1930s Studio Head Monroe Stahr works eighteen hour days, each one a collision of talent meetings, set visits, script brainstorms and preview screenings. He's the "last of the princes", is making the studio millions and seems bullet proof.

At the end of an epic day, an earthquake breaks two water
May 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bettie, Wanda, Carey
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Jessica McCann
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: writers
I finally read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final novel, and I’m glad I did. It had been on my bookshelf for decades (literally!), but I could never bring myself to read it because it was unfinished. Fitzgerald died of a heart attack at 44, and this final work was only half-written.

Recently, my husband and I watched the new Amazon series The Last Tycoon, based on Fitzgerald’s unfinished novel, and we enjoyed it. As I watched, I couldn’t help but wonder how much the movie people changed his story or add
Jun 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
A very well written, engaging, unfinished novel about Monroe Stahr, a ‘boy wonder’ studio manager. Stahr’s character was based on Irving Thalberg (1899-1936), who was in charge of M-G-M production at the age of 25.

The book was a work in progress, still to be revised and half completed. Stahr’s character is very well developed even at this stage.

Stahr is around 35 years old. We learn about Stahr’s work as a production manager and the respect ‘Hollywood’ film writers and directors have for him. S
Chris Gordon
I knew going in to The Love of the Last Tycoon that I would feel unsatisfied with it, that it would be nearly impossible to review this incomplete work in a fair light. Yet, I dove right in with high hopes and left myself vulnerable to its shortcomings.

This was the novel F. Scott Fitzgerald had been working on just before his untimely death. Because of this, the novel was left unfinished and, as a result, is riddled with flaws. The obvious critiques I have are concerned with the story not havin
Steve Stuart
I can't in good conscience recommend this book for anyone. If you enjoy it, you'll be disappointed when the unfinished novel ends, just as the central romance suffers an unexpected turnaround, and before the storyline that leads to the book's climax is really unveiled. And if it doesn't bother you that the book ends in the middle, then you probably should have been reading something else anyway.

The narration style is strange, bouncing back and forth between first-person narration by a peripheral
Lora Grigorova
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Love of the Last Tycoon:

If F. Scott Fitzgerald hadn’t suddenly died of a heart attack and had managed to finish his fifth novel, The (Love of the) Last Tycoon, it would have surely been his most mature and accomplished piece of work. Nevertheless, the incomplete draft of the novel still shows the author’s great craftsmanship in developing complex and tormented characters and in shaping the atmosphere of the 1920s like no other author. The (Love of the
Evan Kingston
Jun 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
There are some really great scraps in this manuscript: complex, well-drawn characters; witty dialogue; a vivid sense of setting, both time and place; rare insight into the workings of the studio system; and frequent passages of gorgeous prose. It seems that if F. Scott could have kept working on it, he could have reclaimed his talent and turned it into another great novel, maybe going on to write many more.

Unfortunately, he died before he finishing a whole draft; this book has no end--and worse-
Erik Graff
Oct 10, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fitzgerald fans
Recommended to Erik by: Heirloom Books
Shelves: literature
The owner of Chicago's Heirloom Books and I usually have a book we read together when there aren't any customers about. We've done three by Salinger, one by Hemingway, one by A. Nin, a comic novel I found (obviously) forgettable and several false starts. The owner is a big fan of American literature of the mid-twentieth century and of Hemingway and his circle in particular, so something by Fitzgerald was on our radar from the beginning. Both of us knew Gatsby, but neither had ever read Fitzgeral ...more
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Love of the Last Tycoon is a book about a successful Hollywood producer who is struggling to find love and compassion in an industry where everyone is looking of the superficial. This book was his last work that was written with the help of his friend Edmund Wilson because of his premature death. Though we talk about how Hollywood is superficial and how unfair it is, this book is actually written by someone who completely understands how it works and there are a lot of ...more
Shelly Holder
Jan 31, 2010 is currently reading it
The paragraph transitions are a little choppy, but for an uncompleted manuscript this is extremely polished and honed. Sometimes one will simply forget this detail because of the quality of the story-telling. I am quickly falling in love with the book that is the unfinished jewel at the pinnacle of a master's career.

I grew up in Southern California, not far from Hollywood, and has always despised the movie industry in a way from the familiarity. I lost the sense of glow and glamor, but Fitzgera
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Jumbled with flashes of brilliance. I can only imagine how this book would have turned out had Fitzgerald lived to complete it.
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Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was an American writer of novels and short stories, whose works have been seen as evocative of the Jazz Age, a term he himself allegedly coined. He is regarded as one of the greatest twentieth century writers. Fitzgerald was of the self-styled "Lost Generation," Americans born in the 1890s who came of age during World War I. He finished four novels, left a fifth unfini ...more

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