The Crack-Up

The Crack-Up

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by F. Scott Fitzgerald
     
 

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A self-portrait of a great writer 's rise and fall, intensely personal and etched with Fitzgerald's signature blend of romance and realism.
The Crack-Up tells the story of Fitzgerald's sudden descent at the age of thirty-nine from glamorous success to empty despair, and his determined recovery. Compiled and edited by Edmund Wilson

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A self-portrait of a great writer 's rise and fall, intensely personal and etched with Fitzgerald's signature blend of romance and realism.
The Crack-Up tells the story of Fitzgerald's sudden descent at the age of thirty-nine from glamorous success to empty despair, and his determined recovery. Compiled and edited by Edmund Wilson shortly after F. Scott Fitzgerald's death, this revealing collection of his essays—as well as letters to and from Gertrude Stein, Edith Wharton, T.S. Eliot, John Dos Passos—tells of a man with charm and talent to burn, whose gaiety and genius made him a living symbol of the Jazz Age, and whose recklessness brought him grief and loss. "Fitzgerald's physical and spiritual exhaustion is described brilliantly," noted The New York Review of Books: "the essays are amazing for the candor."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811212472
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
09/28/1993
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.01(h) x 0.83(d)

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E. M. Cioran
The Crack-Up is a novelist's "season in hell" — by which we have no intention of minimizing the scope of a testimony in itself overwhelming. A novelist who wants to be nothing but a novelist undergoes a crisis that for a certain time projects him outside the lies of literature. He wakens to certain truths that devastate his awareness, the repose of his spirit — a rare event in the world of letters where sleep is de riguer, an event that in the case that concerns us has no always been grasped in its true signification.
(E.M. Cioran, from Anathemas and Admirations)

Meet the Author

Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940) was an American author of novels and short stories, whose works are the paradigm writings of the Jazz Age, a term he coined himself. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. Fitzgerald is considered a member of the "Lost Generation" of the 1920s. He finished four novels: This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and Damned, Tender is the Night and his most famous, The Great Gatsby. A fifth, unfinished novel, The Love of the Last Tycoon, was published posthumously. Fitzgerald also wrote many short stories that treat themes of youth and promise along with despair and age.

Novels such as The Great Gatsby and Tender is the Night were made into films, and in 1958 his life from 1937–1940 was dramatized in Beloved Infidel.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 24, 1896
Date of Death:
December 21, 1940
Place of Birth:
St. Paul, Minnesota
Education:
Princeton University

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Crack-up 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Honest and beautifully written. A critical, introspective look at one of America's greatest authors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book under the impression that is was the same as the published book, containing "previously unpublished letters, notes, and also three essays written for and published first in the Esquire magazine during 1936,' as it states in the synposis of this product. However, this product is simply the 3 essays. It explains the low price, but I was disappointed as the synposis clearly leads one to expect the full collection.