The Love of the Last Tycoon
The Authorized Text
By F. Scott Fitzgerald
(Scribner, Paperback, 9780020199854, 192pp.)
Publication Date: April 14, 1995
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The Love of the Last Tycoon, edited by the preeminent Fitzgerald scholar Matthew J. Bruccoli, is a restoration of the author's phrases, words, and images that were excised from the 1940 edition, giving new luster to an unfinished literary masterpiece. It is the story of the young Hollywood mogul Monroe Stahr, who was inspired by the life of boy-genius Irving Thalberg, and is an exposé of the studio system in its heyday. The Love of the Last Tycoon is now available for the first time in paperback.
F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1896, attended Princeton University, and published his first novel, This Side of Paradise, in 1920. That same year he married Zelda Sayre and the couple divided their time among New York, Paris, and the Riviera, becoming a part of the American expatriate circle that included Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, and John Dos Passos. Fitzgerald was a major new literary voice, and his masterpieces include The Beautiful and Damned, The Great Gatsby, and Tender Is the Night. He died of a heart attack in 1940 at the age of forty-four, while working on The Love of the Last Tycoon. For his sharp social insight and breathtaking lyricism, Fitzgerald is known as one of the most important American writers of the twentieth century.
“Renowned Fitzgerald scholar Bruccoli has reassembled the…existing episodes according to Fitzgerald’s intentions. A significant glimpse into the creative faculties of one of literature’s preeminent minds. Essential….” –Library Journal
“Bruccoli’s introduction and account of the composition of the novel are sensitive and nuanced, the result of a lifetime of Fitzgerald study. The book has marvelous set pieces, vivid cinematic images, and sustained invention…a few of the reasons the book endures.” –David Freeman, The Los Angeles Times
“A new, fascinating perspective on Fitzgerald’s work, and the novel writing process in general.” –David Wiegand, The San Francisco Chronicle
“No other Fitzgerald-related work [Bruccoli] has done is likely to be as important as his critical editions of the major works. The Love of the Last Tycoon carries the authority of a great writer working very close to the top of his form.” –Scott Donaldson, Chicago Tribune Books