The Pat Hobby Stories

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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 seventeen Pat Hobby stories were first published in Esquire magazine and present a bitterly humorous portrait of a ...

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Overview

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 seventeen Pat Hobby stories were first published in Esquire magazine and present a bitterly humorous portrait of a once-successful writer who becomes a forgotten hack on a Hollywood lot. "This was not art" Pat Hobby often said, "this was an industry" where whom "you sat with at lunch was more important than what you dictated in your office."

The Pat Hobby sequence, as Arnold Gingrich writes in his introduction, is Fitzgerald's "last word from his last home, for much of what he felt about Hollywood and about himself permeated these stories."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684804422
  • Publisher: Scribner
  • Publication date: 12/6/1995
  • Series: Scribner Paperback Fiction Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 618,431
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1896, attended Princeton University, and published his first novel, This Side of Paradise, in 1920. That same year he married Zelda Sayre and the couple divided their time among New York, Paris, and the Riviera, becoming a part of the American expatriate circle that included Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, and John Dos Passos. Fitzgerald was a major new literary voice, and his masterpieces include The Beautiful and Damned, The Great Gatsby, and Tender Is the Night. He died of a heart attack in 1940 at the age of forty-four, while working on The Love of the Last Tycoon. For his sharp social insight and breathtaking lyricism, Fitzgerald is known as one of the most important American writers of the twentieth century.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (real name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 24, 1896
    2. Place of Birth:
      St. Paul, Minnesota
    1. Date of Death:
      December 21, 1940

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Introduction by Arnold Gingrich

Pat Hobby's Christmas Wish

A Man in the Way

"Boil Some Water — Lots of It"

Teamed with Genius

Pat Hobby and Orson Welles

Pat Hobby's Secret

Pat Hobby, Putative Father

The Homes of the Stars

Pat Hobby Does His Bit

Pat Hobby's Preview

No Harm Trying

A Patriotic Short

On the Trail of Pat Hobby

Fun in an Artist's Studio

Two Old-Timers

Mightier Than the Sword

Pat Hobby's College Days

Appendix

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2001

    Fitzgerald can do no wrong

    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.

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