The great American novelist

Friday, September 22, 2006 at 9:06 AM

My whole theory of writing I can sum up in one sentence: An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmasters of ever afterward.

-- F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald was uncanny in his understanding of a writer's trajectory, but he sold himself a little short. On what would have been the weekend of his 110th birthday, we celebrate one of the defining writers of the "Jazz Age" for the reading pleasure offered in his precious books.

You can find all five Fitzgerald novels and many stories in Google Book Search, including his first, This Side of Paradise, a roman à clef and rollicking portrayal of his time at Princeton. This is the one for anyone interested in reading the book about the flappers.

We're glad to be able to help people find that famous last phrase of his masterpiece, The Great Gatsby, in its many fine editions, information on his time at Princeton, his wife Zelda, and even -- appropriate as we think of his birth -- his distant kinship with Francis Scott Key. We hope to help people realize that Fitzgerald is more than an author just for schoolmasters (and their students, of course) but for all of today's readers interested in the best American writing.


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