In­sight­ful bi­og­ra­phy and fugi­tive work shine new light on Fitzger­ald

A study of the writer’s life digs be­neath his Jazz Age im­age, and un­pub­lished sto­ries pro­vide clues about his process Par­adise Lost: A Life of F Scott Fitzger­ald I’d Die for You and Other Lost Sto­ries

The Irish Times - Weekend Review - - ARTS&BOOKS - Christina Hunt Ma­hony

By David S Brown Belk­nap Press, £23.95 Edited by Anne Mar­garet Daniel Scrib­ner Press, £16.99

in­clud­ing the lux­ury ho­tel, The Break­ers: “Palm Beach sprawled plump and op­u­lent be­tween the sparkling sap­phire of Lake Worth, f l awed here and t here by house-boats at an­chor, and the great turquoise bar of the At­lantic Ocean . . . Upon the trel­lised ve­randa of The Break­ers two hun­dred women stepped right, stepped left, wheeled, and slid . . . in half-time to the mu­sic . . .”

The Break­ers is still there. It is a 10-minute drive from Mar-a-Lago, one of Don­ald Trump’s op­u­lent home bases, and con­nects us again to Fitzger­ald’s era. It is apt that Brown’s bi­og­ra­phy and the sto­ries in I’d Die for You should ap­pear in the same year, be­cause th­ese 18 fugi­tive, un­pub­lished or un­col­lected sto­ries also pro­vide in­sight into a dif­fer­ent Fitzger­ald. Be­cause his dark novel The Beau­ti­ful and the Damned, con­sid­ered to be among his best work, was poorly re­ceived, some of th­ese more som­bre sto­ries were with­held from pub­li­ca­tion to pro­tect “the brand”, as it would be termed to­day. The col­lec­tion also harkens back to Fitzger­ald’s best early sto­ries, like the cau­tion­ary

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