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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About the Author
F. Scott Fitzgerald 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 for the next decade the couple lived in New York, Paris, and on the Riviera. Fitzgerald's materpieces include The Beautiful and the Damned, The Great Gatsby, and Tender Is the Night. He died at the age of forty-four while working on The Last Tycoon. Fitzgerald's fiction has secured his reputation 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
Table of ContentsIntroduction 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
Mightier Than the Sword
Pat Hobby's College Days
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.