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The Last Tycoon, edited by Edmund Wilson. New York: Scribner's, 1941. The Crack-Up, edited by Edmund Wilson. New York: New Directions, 1945. (Contains "Echoes of the Jazz Age," "My Lost City," "Ring, Show Mr. and Mrs. F. ) The Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald, a selection of 28 stories with an Introduction by Malcolm Cowley. New York: Scribner's, 1951. ) 46 Selected Bibliography Afternoon of an Author; A Selection of Uncollected Stories and Essays, with an Introduction and Notes by Arthur Mizener.

Fitzgerald was conscious of his relation to the English Romantics in his confession. He calls up the examples of Wordsworth and Keats to represent good writers who fought their way through the horrors of their lives. " Fitzgerald's style was never more gracefully colloquial or his metaphors more natural and easy than in these Esquire pieces. "I was impelled to think. God, was it difficult! " The grace of the prose has made some readers suspect that Fitzgerald is withholding the real ugliness of the experience, that he is simply imitating the gracefully guilty man in order to avoid the deeper confrontation of horror.

Another is Fitzgerald's use of the young movie star, Rosemary Hoyt, as the novel's Nick Carraway. Through her impressionable eyes we first see the Divers and their circle on the summer Riviera before we know the history of the marriage. To begin this long novel dramatically, as he had Gatsby, yields some exciting results, but Fitzgerald came to believe it was a mistake not to tell the events of the story chronologically. Tender Is the Night has had recent printings in both versions. Fitzgerald's readers can decide for themselves.

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