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F. Scott Fitzgerald : the American dreamer
Tessitore, John.
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New York : Franklin Watts, [2001]

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112 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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PS3511.I9 Z873 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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F. Scott Fitzgerald is regarded as one of the greatest writers in American literary history. His personal search for greatness within himself inspired fiction that redefined the American character, including novels such as The Beautiful and the Damned, Tender Is the Night, The Last Tycoon, and--the ultimate meditation on the American dream--The Great Gatsby. This book describes Fitzgerald's days as a mediocre student at Princeton, his alcoholism, his troubled marriage to Zelda, and his bouts of depression.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 7-12. Fitzgerald was a media celebrity ahead of his time, living a life of decadence and despair that was made for cable TV. Born into a midwestern family of means, Fitzgerald got a taste for good living before his father's career foundered. His hunger for social status led him to Princeton, the military (he was inept but stylish in his Brooks Brothers uniform), and then New York City, where he and bride Zelda lapped up the fame that came with his first published stories. Tessitore captures the energy and glamour of the couple's early years, though his tone is laced with a seriousness that foreshadows the tragedy to come. To his credit, he recounts the downward spiral of the couple's tabloid lives--the drunken fights, the breakdowns, the hospitalizations--without resorting to sensationalism. Many connections between Fitzgerald's life and writing come clear in the well-sourced, entertaining account, which will lead students to the fiction shelves to sample Fitzgerald for themselves. Notes and a bibliography conclude the text. --Randy Meyer

School Library Journal Review

Gr 8 Up-A slim, highly readable biography about one of America's most studied authors. Beginning with Fitzgerald's early childhood, Tessitore objectively discusses the writer's family life, education, military career, work, marriage, alcoholism, his wife's mental illness, his Hollywood experiences, and his eventual dissolution and death. Black-and-white photos of the subject throughout his life, his wife, daughter, and their contemporaries as well as some movie stills are included. Chapter notes, suggestions for further reading, and a list of film adaptations of the author's books conclude the volume. Since much of Fitzgerald's writing is autobiographical, this clear, concise volume will be a helpful resource for students studying his work.-Pat Bender, The Shipley School, Bryn Mawr, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.