The Pat Hobby Storiesby F. Scott Fitzgerald, Arnold Gingrich (Introduction), Arnold Gingrich (Introduction)
A fascinating study in self-satire that brings to life the Hollywood years of F. Scott Fitzgerald
The setting: Hollywood: the character: Pat Hobby, a down-and-out screenwriter trying to break back into show business, but having better luck getting into bars. Written between 1939 and 1940, when F. Scott Fitzgerald was working for Universal Studios, the
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Hilarious, brilliant, and at times, knowing the author's own experiences, a bit poignant. No stories today come near these stories' wordcraft and sharp but touching humor.
Ever since I first read 'The Great Gatsby' I have been hooked on Fitzgerald. I quickly read all of his full length novels, and stumbled upon collections of his short stories. 'The Pat Hobby' collection is extremely witty and reveals a comedic side to Fitz that is not prominent in his other work. A must read.