Posts Tagged: f. scott fitzgerald

How Fitzgerald Shaped Hemingway

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An early draft of Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises focused on Brett Ashley, the woman who serves as a love interest to protagonist Jake Barnes and others. The revised manuscript owes much to F. Scott Fitzgerald, who wrote a letter filled with withering criticism of the earlier version, leading Hemingway to edit out much of the original manuscript.

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Jay Gatsby Invades Poland

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Polish language speakers are getting a new translation of The Great Gatsby, but a modern translation raises all sorts of linguistic issues. The primary difference, of course, is that the original translator wrote under the iron curtain and without the aid of Google:

It was, therefore, more difficult for her to track down various details, such as those concerning well-known financiers or popular culture starlets of the 1920s.

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Happy Belated Birthday, Zelda Fitzgerald

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In honor of her would’ve-been 113th birthday, check out Gothamist’s collection of photos and footage of Zelda (and F. Scott) Fitzgerald.

Okay, okay—her birthday was a week ago, so this isn’t the timeliest post in the world.

Still, it’s fascinatingly bittersweet to see video of the couple before their marriage unraveled and Zelda died in a psychiatric institution.

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Is The Great Gatsby Worth Seeing?

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Want to see the new film version of The Great Gatsby but afraid it won’t live up to the book?

At The Millions, five English professors pass judgment on the success of the adaptation.

Read it to find out what additional source material Baz Luhrmann drew on and whether Carey Mulligan breathed a life into the role of Daisy that “honestly, Fitzgerald didn’t.”

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Posthumous Oversharing from F. Scott Fitzgerald

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“Fell in love on the 7th … Quarrel. Silence. Zelda sick … Discovery that Zelda’s class voted her prettiest & most attractive.”

You can’t follow F. Scott Fitzgerald on Twitter, but if you want to know what his tweets might have looked like, check out his handwritten ledger, recently made available online by the University of South Carolina.

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What Is Already Living: Author, Autobiography and Fiction in the Age of Social Networking

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WRITE YOUR STORY reads the advertising placard for corporate octopus Citibank on display in the Union Square subway station in Manhattan. The campaign’s thrust appears to be this: by spending money, being a consumer, one, in fact, indites a story on the face of the everyday.

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Books For The Dark Night Of The Soul

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In his late thirties, F. Scott Fitzgerald experienced a series of emotional and mental breakdowns, many of which he wrote about in a series of random essays and observations collected under the title, The Crack-Up.

At the beginning of the self-titled essay, he writes:

“Of course, all of life is a process of breaking down, but the blows that do the dramatic side of the work — the big sudden blows that come, or seem to come, from outside — the ones you remember and blame things on and, in moments of weakness, tell your friends about, don’t show their effect all at once.

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The Rumpus Books Sunday Supplement

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Hey, if you haven’t had the chance to take a look at all the stuff Rumpus Books has been up to lately, you should probably do that now. 

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