|Posted: 31 October 2005 at 10:15pm | IP Logged
Hello there Miss Kitty,
I did it the opposite way: I got into Fitzgerald from reading Hemingway.
I have read the book The Crack-up edited by Edmund Wilson. It is a book of miscellaneous pieces: essays, excerpts from his notebooks, letters, etc. The book is named after an essay by the same name, The Crack-up, written in 1936. It appears to indicate a mid-life crisis that F. Scott was experiencing at the time. I’d have to pull his bio to see exactly where F. Scott was at the time but we can make an educated guess: Zelda was doing her wacky things; F. Scott was trying to support the family by working as a writer in Hollywood; he’s been heavily boozing… The essay while written in 1936, is contemporary and is applicable to our lives today.
Almost two thirds of the book comprises a section called The Note-Books which is a compendium of sentences, sayings and paragraphs arranged alphabetically by F. Scott. I enjoy this section because I often write down catchy phrases when I hear them though I don’t organize them alphabetically and by subject they way he did.
I would recommend buying The Crack-up. It’s paperback and you can get it at where else? Amazon.com. It’s a nice book to read snippets here and there. I have used it as my “one page a nighter” book. I always have a book beside my bed and I read one page a night (sometimes more; sometimes none) before I go to sleep.
If you do take a crack at The Crack-up, let me know what you think.
Edited by RobbieJor on 29 November 2005 at 3:58pm