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Fitzgerald: The Love of the Last Tycoon : A Western - F. Scott Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald: The Love of the Last Tycoon

A Western

Hardcover Published: 11th September 2014
ISBN: 9780521402316
Number Of Pages: 450

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Cecilia Brady, the daughter of a great motion-picture producer, reminisces about events that began five years earlier when she was an undergraduate at Bennington College, starting with a flight home to Hollywood on a plane whose other passengers included Wylie White, a script writer down on his luck, Manny Schwartz, once an influential producer, and Monroe Stahr, another producer and partner of Cecilia's father, Pat Brady. Cecilia is attracted to Stahr, and he turns to her at the very time that he has a falling out with her father. Each of the partners conceives the idea of murdering the other. On the way to New York to establish an alibi, Stahr repents and decides to revoke his orders that will result in Brady's death, but his plane crashes before he can carry out his new plan and Cecilia loses both her father and the man she loves. Even in its incomplete form, The Love of The Last Tycoon: A Western has achieved a reputation as the best Hollywood novel. When F. Scott Fitzgerald died in 1940 he had written seventeen of thirty projected episodes. In 1941 the "unfinished novel" was published in a text for general readers by Edmund Wilson under the title The Last Tycoon. For more than fifty years this edition has been the only one available. This critical edition of The Love of the Last Tycoon utilizes Fitzgerald's manuscript drafts, revised typescripts, and working notes to establish the first authoritative text of the work. This volume includes a detailed history of the gestation, composition, and publication of the novel; full textual apparatus with editorial notes; facsimiles of the drafts; and explanatory notes on topical allusions and historical references for contemporary readers. The reconstruction of Fitzgerald's plan for the thirteen unwritten episodes is particularly useful. F. Scott Fitzgerald's incomplete masterpiece is restored to its 1940 state, and thus made fully accessible for the first time.

Industry Reviews

"The Love of the Last Tycoon carries the authority of a great writer working very close to the top of his form. Only scholars will need to consult the 200 pages of extensive critical apparatus included in this edition. But anyone who admires Fitzgerald will want to take another look at the 129 pages of Tycoon text, now that they have at last been printed as he would have wanted them to be." Scott Donaldson, Chicago Tribune "...the Bruccoli version adds new, valuable, and important information regarding Fitzgerald's artistry, his knowledge of the film industry, and the accomplishment represented by what still must be regarded as work in progress...This book, essential for the support of detailed study of Fitzgerald and the American novel, may well replace the older Wilson version." Choice "...this novel has been considered the finest story of the Hollywood film industry during the age of the great studios. In this new edition Bruccoli presents us with Fitzgerald's manuscript drafts, revised typescripts, and notes, giving us not only the novel but its creation. And Bruccoli's introduction is itself a fascinating piece of research; a marvelous read." Books of the Southwest "This critical edition of Fitzgerald's unfinished final novel restores the author's original 1940 version..." American Literature "The production of the definitive edition, based upon a significant number of hand-and-type written MSS...is a notable achievement, made especially important and necessary because of the inchoate and incomplete state of the novel. The work offers a marvelous opportunity for readers and writers alike literally to watch a novel in the making..." David Noel Freedman, Michigan Quarterly review

F. Scott Fitzgerald Selected Chronology: 1927-1941
The Geography of The Love of the Last Tycoon
Backgrounds: Irving Thalberg, M-G-M, and Fitzgerald in Hollywood
Preparation for the Novel and Writing
The Outlines and the Drafts
The Unwritten Episodes: 18-30
Publication and Reception
Editorial Principles and Procedures
The Love of The Last Tycoon: A Westernp. 1
Selected Fitzgerald Working Notes: Facsimilesp. 131
Inventory of Draftsp. 200
Editorial Emendations in the Base-Texts; Textual Notesp. 213
Fitzgerald's Revisions, Corrections, and Annotations in the Latest Typescriptsp. 248
Wilson's Alterations in the Latest Typescriptsp. 256
Variants in the Scribners Setting Copy and the First Printingp. 275
Word Divisionp. 285
Explanatory Notesp. 287
Appendix 1 The Sanitarium Framep. 319
Appendix 2 Specimen Working Draftsp. 325
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521402316
ISBN-10: 052140231X
Series: Cambridge Edition of the Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 450
Published: 11th September 2014
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.2 x 14.9  x 3.7
Weight (kg): 0.65