Unfinished Art F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Last Tycoon

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9. F. SCOTT FITZGERALD: THE LAST TYCOON (begun 1939)

The author of The Great Gatsby had completed only six chapters of his last novel when in December, 1940, he died of a heart attack at age 44. Fitzgerald, who had worked briefly as a Hollywood scriptwriter, modeled his central character after Hollywood producer Irving Thalberg, one of a vanishing breed of gifted, all-powerful movie moguls. Probably aware that his days were numbered, Fitzgerald had stopped drinking shortly before his death, and he spent his last days in bed writing the book. Had Fitzgerald completed it. The Last Tycoon could have been a major American novel. The fragment was edited by Edmund Wilson and published in 1941. In 1976 playwright Harold Pinter and director Elia Kazan molded the material into a feature film, which retained the style and mood of the book.

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