Short Autobiography — F. Scott Fitzgerald

August 3, 2011

I’m a huge F. Scott Fitzgerald fan, so I was thrilled to hear that there’s a “new autobiography” coming out. I put those words in quotes because the volume is not really an autobiography in the strictest sense of the word; it’s more of a collection of essays. And the essays aren’t new to the public, as they have been previously published in other volumes. Still, to someone who has not read the essays before (I haven’t), this book could provide some interesting firsthand insights into Scott’s life in the Jazz Age.

According to an early review I read, the essays cover a variety of formats (including a self-interview and a tour of a house) and range from lighthearted to serious. They mostly deal with his life as a famous author, his declining marriage with Zelda, and general observations about society as the Roaring ’20s transform into the Great Depression.

I haven’t read any Fitzgerald in a long time, so this looks like as good a book as any to get back into his work. “A Short Autobiography” is going on my Wish List for sure!

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