A Short Autobiography

By F. Scott Fitzgerald; James L. W. West, III (Editor)
Scribner Book Company, Paperback, 9781439199060, 204pp.

Publication Date: August 2, 2011

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Description

A self-portrait of a great writer. A Short Autobiography charts Fitzgerald's progression from exuberant and cocky with "What I think and Feel at 25", to mature and reflective with "One Hundred False Starts" and "The Death of My Father." Compiled and edited by Professor James West, this revealing collection of personal essays and articles reveals the beloved author in his own words.




About the Author
Francis Scott (Key) Fitzgerald's (1896-1940) posthumous literary reputation has remained consistently strong despite many highs and lows throughout his brief life. His best-known novel, The Great Gatsby (1925) remains a critical favorite along with Tender is the Night (1934). Most of Fitzgerald's works are loosely based on his life, including his wife Zelda's insanity and his appreciation for personal indulgence and self-destructive excess.JAMES L.W. WEST III is Sparks Professor of English at Pennsylvania State University. He has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Humanities Center, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and has been a Fulbright scholar to England and Belgium. He is the author of "William Styron: A Life" and is general editor of the Cambridge Edition of the Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald. "From the Hardcover edition."



Praise For A Short Autobiography

"An intellectual autobiography [that] should inspire Fitzgerald readers new or returning...a pleasure to read." -Library Journal

“Jaunty, funny, sparkling, and self-mocking, and beneath the glinting wit, deeply reflective.” –Booklist

“Frequently funny and fast-paced.” –Associated Press

“Fitzgerald never wrote an autobiography, but this is the next best thing: A collection of 19 personal essays written over the course of his career. They include lighthearted, amusing pieces clearly designed to appeal to magazine editors and casual readers, as well as grimmer fare carved from the center of a broken heart..” –Chicago Tribune

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