A short collection of essays about the Jazz Age by the writer who epitomized it, F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Even theAmerican Heritage Dictionaryacknowledges that F. Scott Fitzgerald “epitomized the Jazz Age.” And nowhere among his writings are the gin, pith, and morning-after squint of that era better illuminated than in these short essays. Selected in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Fitzgerald's birth, these candid personal memoirs––one written with his wife, Zelda––furnish nothing less than the autobiography of "the lost generation" of the 1920s. "He lacked armor," EL. Doctorow, author ofThe Waterworks,Ragtime, andBilly Bathgates, notes in his introduction. “He did not live in protective seclusion, as Faulkner. He was not carapaced in self-presentation, as Hemingway. He jumped right into the foolish heart of everything, as he had into the Plaza fountain."The Jazz Ageis a celebration of one of the twentieth century's most vital writers.
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.
Edgar Lawrence Doctorow is an American author known for his works of historical fiction.
Date of Birth:September 24, 1896
Date of Death:December 21, 1940
Place of Birth:St. Paul, Minnesota
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Contains five equally short short-stories, titled: 'Echoes of the Jazz Age', 'My Lost City', '"Show Mr. and Mrs. F. to Number -"', 'The Crack-up', 'Early Success'. Although the book is so short it is still a slow read. The first tells about the 1920s. The second is about New York and the way he feels about that city. The third is the travel guide with a list of hotels and places (mostly in France) where Fitzgerald and his wife resided during the years. Four tells (in three episodes) about his alleged cracking up, and the last one is about his early success as a writer. This is certainly not classic stuff, I'm glad it was as short as it was or I would have had a very hard time in finishing it...