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Afternoon of an author, a selection of uncollected stories and essays.

Author: F Scott Fitzgerald; Arthur Mizener
Publisher: New York, Scribner [1957]
Series: Hudson River editions
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"For a writer whose productive career lasted only twenty years and whose energy was prodigally expended on other things than writing, Scott Fitzgerald wrote an astonishing amount. Of the more than one hundred and fifty short stories he wrote during those twenty years, only about a quarter were collected during his lifetime; a few new ones were put together when Malcolm Cowley’s selection was published by Scribner’s  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
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Fitzgerald, F. Scott (Francis Scott), 1896-1940.
Afternoon of an author.
New York, Scribner [195-]
(OCoLC)655082900
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: F Scott Fitzgerald; Arthur Mizener
OCLC Number: 283891
Description: 226 pages 24 cm.
Contents: Part 1. A night at the fair (1928) --
Forging ahead (1929) --
Basil and Cleopatra (1929) --
Princeton (1927) --
Part 2. Who's who--and why (1920) --
How to live on $36,000 a year (1924) --
How to live on practically nothing a year (1924) --
How to waste material : a note on my generation (1926) --
Part 3. Ten years in the advertising business (1929) --
One hundred false starts (1933) --
Outside the cabinet-maker's (1928) --
One trip abroad (1930) --
Part 4. "I didn't get over" (1936) --
Afternoon of an author (1936) --
Author's house (1936) --
Design in plaster (1939) --
Pat Hobby (1940). Boil some water--lots of it ; Teamed with genius ; No harm trying --
News of Paris, fifteen years ago (1940).
Series Title: Hudson River editions
Other Titles: Works.
Responsibility: With an introd. and notes by Arthur Mizener.

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"For a writer whose productive career lasted only twenty years and whose energy was prodigally expended on other things than writing, Scott Fitzgerald wrote an astonishing amount. Of the more than one hundred and fifty short stories he wrote during those twenty years, only about a quarter were collected during his lifetime; a few new ones were put together when Malcolm Cowley’s selection was published by Scribner’s in 1951. Of Fitzgerald’s thirty or forty essays, ten were printed in The Crack-Up, edited by Edmund Wilson. Apart from the fact that this state of affairs leaves a considerable part of the important work of a great writer unavailable, there is the further difficulty that it prevents most readers from seeing clearly how Fitzgerald developed as a writer. Now, Arthur Mizener, author of the highly successful biography of Fitzgerald, The Far Side of Paradise, has taken from this body of Fitzgerald's uncollected work a revealing and eminently enjoyable cross-section of Fitzgerald's art. Afternoon of an Author contains fourteen uncollected short stories and six uncollected essays, evenly distributed over the course of his writing career, beginning with the autobiographical essay called 'Who’s Who--and Why,' which he wrote for The Saturday Evening Post in 1920, and ending with 'News of Paris--Fifteen Years Ago,' a story found among Fitzgerald's papers, apparently written in 1940, and posthumously published in Furioso. Here, clearly, is a book to be read both for the enjoyment of good writing, and for its illumination of an important figure in American letters. To supplement the reader’s own insight into Fitzgerald's art, Arthur Mizener provides a revealing introduction and pertinent notes heading each selection."--Dust jacket.

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