F. Scott Fitzgerald’s poignant final work is now available in a beautifully designed collector’s edition.
Fitzgerald’s final novel portrays the glittering excess of 1930s Hollywood. This edition, authorized by the Fizgerald estate, is a careful restoration of the author’s phrases, words, and images that were excised from the 1940 publication, giving new luster to Fitzgerald’s last work.
A tragic story of the young Hollywood mogul Monroe Stahr, a character who was inspired by the life of movie producer Irving Thalberg, The Last Tycoon is a sharply observed and bittersweet exposé of the film industry in its heyday.
F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1896. He attended Princeton University, joined the United States Army during World War I, and published his first novel, This Side of Paradise, in 1920. That same year he married Zelda Sayre and for the next decade the couple lived in New York, Paris, and on the Riviera. Fitzgerald’s masterpieces include The Beautiful and Damned, The Great Gatsby, and Tender Is the Night. He died at the age of forty-four while working on The Last Tycoon. Fitzgerald’s fiction has secured his reputation as one of the most important American writers of the twentieth century.
“As I read this novel, line by line, I was impressed all over again by how amazing the writing is. The dignity never wavers, and it says everything that needs to be said.” —Haruki Murakami, The New York Times
“Renowned Fitzgerald scholar Bruccoli has reassembled the…existing episodes according to Fitzgerald’s intentions. A significant glimpse into the creative faculties of one of literature’s preeminent minds. Essential….” —Library Journal
“Bruccoli’s introduction and account of the composition of the novel are sensitive and nuanced, the result of a lifetime of Fitzgerald study. The book has marvelous set pieces, vivid cinematic images, and sustained invention…a few of the reasons the book endures.” —David Freeman, The Los Angeles Times
“A new, fascinating perspective on Fitzgerald’s work, and the novel writing process in general.” —David Wiegand, The San Francisco Chronicle
“No other Fitzgerald-related work [Bruccoli] has done is likely to be as important as his critical editions of the major works. The Love of the Last Tycoon carries the authority of a great writer working very close to the top of his form.” —Scott Donaldson, Chicago Tribune Books