The Crack-Up
The Crack-Up
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Annotation: A self-portrait of a great writer 's rise and fall, intensely personal and etched with Fitzgerald's signature blend of romance and realism.
Genre: Biographies
Catalog Number: #5750467
Format: Paperback
No other formats available
Copyright Date: 2009
Edition Date: 2009
Pages: 347 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-8112-1820-1
ISBN 13: 978-0-8112-1820-7
Dewey: 921
LCCN: 93001100
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Reading Level: 9.0
Interest Level: 9+

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," notedThe New York Review of Books: "the essays are amazing for the candor."

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