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In this comprehensive biography, Brown reexamines Fitzgerald's childhood, first loves, and difficult marriage to Zelda Sayre. He looks at Fitzgerald's friendship with Hemingway, the golden years that culminated with Gatsby, and his increasing alcohol abuse and declining fortunes which coincided with Zelda's institutionalization and the nation's economic collapse. In doing so, he reveals Fitzgerald as a writer with an encompassing historical imagination not suggested by his reputation as "the chronicler of the Jazz Age." Fitzgerald wrote powerfully about change in America, Brown shows, because he saw it as the dominant theme in his own family history and life.
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By Praxia on 01-08-18
The newest definitive Fitzgerald biography
David Brown has truly written the newest definitive biography on F Scott Fitzgerald. Brown's writing is both insightful and lyrical, somewhat commensurate with F Scott Fitzgerald's writing style, interestingly. The historical and cultural contexts of Fitzgerald's life and writing are presented very adeptly. Moreover, the psychological, philosophical, and romantic aspects of Fitzgerald's life, writing and thinking are all presented with great understanding and eloquence. It seems to me that this is the biography that F Scott Fitzgerald himself would have liked the most.
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