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 essaysas well as letters to and from Gertrude Stein, Edith Wharton, T.S. Eliot, John Dos Passostells 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."
|Publisher:||New Directions Publishing Corporation|
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896–1941) was one of the literary titans of the 20th century. A member of the “Lost Generation” of the 1920s, Fitzgerald’s writings best captured what he termed “The Jazz Age,” a period of declining traditional American values, prohibition and speakeasies, and great leaps in modernist trends.
Date of Birth:September 24, 1896
Date of Death:December 21, 1940
Place of Birth:St. Paul, Minnesota
What People are Saying About This
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)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Honest and beautifully written. A critical, introspective look at one of America's greatest authors.
I purchased this book under the impression that is was the same as the published book, containing "previously unpublished letters, notes, and also three essays written for and published first in the Esquire magazine during 1936,' as it states in the synposis of this product.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.