Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost

A Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Pigeonholed in popular memory as a Jazz Age epicurean, a playboy, and an emblem of the Lost Generation, F. Scott Fitzgerald was at heart a moralist struck by the nation's shifting mood and manners after World War I. In Paradise Lost, David Brown contends that Fitzgerald's deepest allegiances were to a fading antebellum world he associated with his father's Chesapeake Bay roots. Yet as a midwesterner, an Irish Catholic, and a perpetually in-debt author, he felt like an outsider in the haute bourgeoisie haunts of Lake Forest, Princeton, and Hollywood--places that left an indelible mark on his worldview. In this comprehensive biography, Brown reexamines Fitzgerald's childhood, first loves, and difficult marriage to Zelda Sayre. He looks at Fitzgerald's friendship with Hemingway, the golden years that culminated with Gatsby, and his increasing alcohol abuse and declining fortunes which coincided with Zelda's institutionalization and the nation's economic collapse. Placing Fitzgerald in the company of Progressive intellectuals such as Charles Beard, Randolph Bourne, and Thorstein Veblen, Brown reveals Fitzgerald as a writer with an encompassing historical imagination not suggested by his reputation as "the chronicler of the Jazz Age." His best novels, stories, and essays take the measure of both the immediate moment and the more distant rhythms of capital accumulation, immigration, and sexual politics that were moving America further away from its Protestant agrarian moorings. Fitzgerald wrote powerfully about change in America, Brown shows, because he saw it as the dominant theme in his own family history and life.
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780674504820
Branch Call Number: 823 F55WB87p
Characteristics: 397 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Mar 14, 2018

Born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (1896) - (writer) Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was a man whose works clearly epitomized the "roaring" Jazz Age as it existed in America at the time. Fitzgerald is, of course, considered to be a full-fledged member of the "Lost Generation" of the 1920s.

While he achieved only limited success in his lifetime, he is now widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. He finished 4 novels in his lifetime and a 5th (an unfinished novel) "The Last Tycoon", was published posthumously. During his career - Fitzgerald also penned 4 collections of short stories, as well as 164 short stories in magazines.

Competently written by historian, David Brown - "Paradise Lost" is a greatly detailed, 400-page biography (including a 16-page photo gallery) covering all of the aspects of Fitzgerald's hectic lifestyle, including his turbulent marriage to Zelda Sayre, the mentally unstable "golden girl".

*Note* - In 1940 - F. Scott Fitzgerald (44 at the time) died of a heart attack.

Mar 21, 2017

What was the connection between the CIA's MK ULTRA program and F. Scott Fitzgerald?
Fitzgerald's grave was once located, for many years, on the grounds of the Chestnut Lodge Sanitarium in Rockville, MD. [It was later relocated to St. Anne's Church yard, also in Rockville, MD.] The CIA leased or owned a wing of the hospital on those grounds for their MK ULTRA program, used for a variety of purposes, especially the involuntary memory wiping of specific individuals [see Gerald Colby's outstanding book, Thy Will Be Done]: an unfortunate lady researcher and Katherine Graham's husband come to mine.

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