The Crack-Up (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

Article by Danielle

I think it’s safe to say that almost everyone in America has read at least one book by F. Scott Fitzgerald, yet most people still don’t know what a wonderful essayist he was. This book, which is something of a miscellany, was compiled by Fitzgerald’s friend Edmund Wilson shortly after the author’s untimely death, and chronicles the formerly untouchable Fitzgerald’s descent into alcoholism and despair, as well as his determined bid for recovery. It also contains flashes of insight into Fitzgerald’s infamous, troubled relationship with his wife Zelda, a talented writer in her own right. Although the title essay is certainly the most satisfying and accomplished of the short works collected here, I’m personally most fond of F. Scott and Zelda’s collaborative essay ‘Show Mr. and Mrs. F to Number ---’, which chronicles more than ten years of their marriage--as well as the Roaring Twenties themselves--via a brilliant list of the many hotels they called home during those years. A fascinating insight into a fascinating life that feels incredibly fresh, even nearly 75 years after Fitzgerald’s death.

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ISBN: 9780811218207
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - February 27th, 2009

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