Love of the Last Tycoon: The Authorized Text

Love of the Last Tycoon: The Authorized Text

by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Love of the Last Tycoon: The Authorized Text by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Last Tycoon, edited by the renowned literary critic Edmund Wilson, was first published a year after Fitzgerald's death and includes the author's notes and outline for his unfinished literary masterpiece. It is the story of the young Hollywood mogul Monroe Stahr, who was inspired by the life of boy-genius Irving Thalberg, and is an exposé of the studio system in its heyday.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743247405
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 05/27/2003
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 198
Sales rank: 58,080
File size: 439 KB

About the Author

F. Scott Fitgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1896. He attended Princeton University, joined the United States Army during World War I, 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. Fitzgerald's masterpieces include The Beautiful and Damned, The Great Gatsby, and Tender Is the Night. He died at the age of forty-four, while working on The Love of the Last Tycoon. Fitzgerald stands out as one of the most important American writers of the twentieth century.

Date of Birth:

September 24, 1896

Date of Death:

December 21, 1940

Place of Birth:

St. Paul, Minnesota


Princeton University

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The Love of the Last Tycoon: The Authorized Text 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is not easy to get into, as the author throws you into the action without many introductions or explanations and uses more than one narrator (for reasons that do not become clear for a long time, if at all). But once you get your hand on the rudder, a wonderful story unfolds. It's actually an unoriginal theme--the emptiness at the heart of wealth and power, reminiscent of Citizen Kane and other SF-G stuff--but the main character, the mogul Stahr, is developed with masterly strokes into a complex, fascinating and wholly believable being. The dialogue is wonderful: natural and penetrating and written in a peculiar SFG way (or so it seemed to me) which leaves you a step behind all the time, so you are continuing appreciating it in arrears. For all that, the convoluted narrative style was still bothering me by the time likely conclusions were taking shape. The fact that it doesn't end hardly matters, it's that good a read. In fact, the slew of writer's notes and outtakes etc at the end are as interesting as any ending could have been. Best thing: depiction of 1930s Hollywood and its characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story has realistic, mutlifaceted, dynamic characters who serve to represent the spirit and perspective of the time- 1930s Hollywood. I am not a fan of Hollywood myself, and I respect the remarkably objective view with which Fitzgerald portrays the decandence and glamour of Hollywood, critically yet fairly. The prose is flowing and concise, and the book goes by very quickly. Unfortunately the story is unfinished, and only about 65% of the novel is written. It is diassapointing to stop in the middle of such a great story, but well worth the read, especially if you like Fitzgerald. Just as Gatsby captures the progress and adventure of 1920's America, Tycoon represents the American dream on the last western frontier.
songofthestars91 More than 1 year ago
Confusing at first (if you know nothing about the film business like me), but worth the read. F. Scott Fitzgerald creates an image of a revered film producer named Monroe Stahr (based on Hollywood's Irving Thalberg) through the eyes of a young woman in love. Throughout the story, Fitzgerald includes the personal side of Stahr's life instead of making it merely a professional account of how he runs Hollywood. It is a broken and somewhat lonely portrayal, but a beautiful one as well. There's something exquisite in realizing the obvious: that even the rich and powerful feel pain. Fitzgerald makes that blindingly clear in his portrait of an American royal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though this was an unfinished novel it didn't change the fact that it was probably one of the best works of the great F. S. Fitzgerald. I loved it so much that as soon as I came to the last page I turned to page one and started reading it again. That happens to me very, very seldom.
Anonymous 4 months ago
The title is my review. It is a shame he died before completing the book.
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