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A Short Autobiography by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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bookshelves: 2013, non-fiction

I picked up my copy of this book at the infamous Shakespeare and Company in Paris this summer. I figured, being at one of the Lost Generation's creative epicenters, I might as well buy a book about the writers rather than the novels themselves. (Plus, I own most of Fitzgerald's work anyway.) I expected to gain a better understanding of Fitzgerald, his generation, and the thought behind his writing. I did not expect the impact this collection of essays would have on my own awareness as a writer.

Fitzgerald's insight into his generation and the change between its predecessor and its successor is impressive. He writes with the wisdom of a man who observed much more than the forty-four years he was alive. His essays are impregnated with profound ideas and common sense without being pretentious. Consistently, there are references to politicians/socialites/actors of the time, but this edition contains a helpful appendix.

A must read for any fan of the time after the Great War, the Lost Generation, or early twentieth century americana.
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Reading Progress

August 19, 2013 – Started Reading
August 19, 2013 – Shelved
August 19, 2013 – Shelved as: to-read
August 25, 2013 – Finished Reading
August 29, 2013 – Shelved as: 2013
August 29, 2013 – Shelved as: non-fiction

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message 1: by Travelin (new)

Travelin I was required to read two of his novels and can't remember a thing about them, except maybe a dock with a light and 2 eyes on a billboard. But where do you fall on the chief antogonist of their relationship? Was F.Scott a selfish hoarder of autobiographical detail or did Zelda turn him into a failure in his own mind?

Louise That is where I picked up my copy too!

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