F. Scott Fitzgerald: The biographies

Fitzgerald's biography - at least the one by Matthew J. Bruccoli - is almost as fascnating a read as his novels. Like some of his literary alter egos, Fitzgerald navigated the highs of early success as well as the depths of ruin and loneliness.


Some Sort of Epic Grandeur

Some Sort of Epic Grandeur: The Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald by Matthew Joseph Bruccoli

Since its first publication in 1981, Some Sort of Epic Grandeur has stood apart from other biographies of F. Scott Fitzgerald for its thoroughness and volume of information about Fitzgerald's life and career. It is regarded today as the basic work on Fitzgerald and the preeminent source for the study of the novelist. The author, Matthew J. Bruccoli, is considered to be the most renowned Fitzgerald scholar.

 

 

The Romantic Egoists

The Romantic Egoists: A Pictorial Autobiography from the Scrapbooks and Albums of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald by Matthew Joseph Bruccoli

This is the perfect accompaniment to Bruccoli's Some Sort of Epic Grandeur: The pictorial biography recounts Fitzgerald's life in pictures and other excerpts from Fitzgerald's scrapbook. Fitzgerald's daughter Scottie Fitzgerald Smith helped Bruccoli to collect the material for this book and even wrote a touching preface.

   
Fool for Love

Fool for Love: F. Scott Fitzgerald by Scott Donaldson

Scott Donaldson's biography focuses on Fitzgerald's relationship to the most important women in his life: His mother, his first girlfriend Ginevra King, his wife Zelda Sayre and the devoted lover of his later years Sheila Graham.

   
Hemingway Vs. Fitzgerald

Hemingway Vs. Fitzgerald by Scott Donaldson

Paris in the 1920s: The era of literary expatriates Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald continues to burn in the imagination as a time of glamour and romance. In Hemingway Vs. Fitzgerald Scott Donaldson creates a multi-faceted narrative of a great friendship fueled by admiration, jealousy, and liquor - a heady mixture of literary scholarship, history, and gossip.

   
Scott Fitzgerald

Scott Fitzgerald by Andrew Turnbull

Turnbull's biography follows Fitzgerald's life from his early years in St. Paul and at Princeton to New York in the twenties, the French Riviera, Baltimore, and finally Hollywood. He tells the story behind Fitzgerald's This Side of Paradise - revised and published when he was twenty-four, making him instantly famous - and his tender love affair with Zelda Sayre, from their glittering early life to the years Zelda spent in and out of sanatoriums.

   
The Perfect Hour

The Perfect Hour: The Romance of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ginevra King by James West

Fitzgerald was a sophomore at Princeton when he fell in love for the first time. Ginevra King, though only sixteen, was blessed with the confidence that considerable wealth can bring. Their romance began instantly, flourished in many letters, and quickly ran its course - but Fitzgerald never forgot it. James West tells the story of their relationship that shaped Fitzgerald's life as a writer.

  F. Scott Fitzgerald - An Annotated Bibliography