F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald

F Scott’s Fitzgerald’s (1896- 1940) most famous book is probably The Great Gatsby, set during a hedonistic zenith before the Great Depression. Professor Sarah Churchwell told us about the best books about The Great Gatsby including recommending a Scott Fitzgerald biography “It came out in 1951, when many of the people who knew Fitzgerald were still alive.”.

Books by F. Scott Fitzgerald

It’s so interesting because if you look at F Scott Fitzgerald – I’m thinking about Tender is the Night – by then you really have this obsession with sunbathing. 

Well, the discovery of the Riviera at the turn of the 20th century was a revolution in habits. And although one thinks it was a literary circle, it was the moneyed set who went to southern France and northern Italy, and made it their home. That was taken up in the literature of the time and became part of the new culture.

The best books on The Sun recommended by Richard Cohen

Interviews where books by F. Scott Fitzgerald were recommended

The best books on Hollywood, recommended by Marina Hyde

The best books on Hollywood. ‘Smart people went to the ballet and opera, and what the poor and lower middle classes did with their time didn’t matter. But these men in Hollywood had a vision and were creating this product that was loved by everybody of all different backgrounds.’

The Great American Novel, recommended by Lawrence Buell

Albeit an object of satire and overreach, the ‘Great American Novel’ remains a vital concept in American literature, encouraging writers to capture the essence of national culture and history, argues Lawrence Buell, Professor of American Literature Emeritus at Harvard University. He talks us through the origins of the phrase and nominates five novels as contenders.

The best books on Personality Types, recommended by Merve Emre

Since its birth in the early twentieth century, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) has become the most popular personality test in the world. Here, Merve Emre, author of the new book The Personality Brokers: The Strange History of Myers Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing, recommends five books that reveal how the language of ‘type’ has seeped into the marrow of American civic institutions and social life—from Fortune 500 companies to Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

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