The Crack-Up (Paperback)
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A self-portrait of a great writer 's rise and fall, intensely personal and etched with Fitzgerald's signature blend of romance and realism.
The Crack-Up tells the story of Fitzgerald's sudden descent at the age of thirty-nine from glamorous success to empty despair, and his determined recovery. Compiled and edited by Edmund Wilson shortly after F. Scott Fitzgerald's death, this revealing collection of his essays—as well as letters to and from Gertrude Stein, Edith Wharton, T.S. Eliot, John Dos Passos—tells of a man with charm and talent to burn, whose gaiety and genius made him a living symbol of the Jazz Age, and whose recklessness brought him grief and loss. "Fitzgerald's physical and spiritual exhaustion is described brilliantly," noted The New York Review of Books: "the essays are amazing for the candor."
About the Author
Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1896, F. Scott Fitzgerald attended Princeton University, joined the army during World War I, and in 1920 married Zelda Sayre and published his first novel, This Side of Paradise. His books include The Beautiful and Damned and Tender Is the Night. He died at the age of forty-four while working on The Last Tycoon. New Directions also publishes Fitzgerald’s The Crack-Up and On Booze.