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RR Autograph Auctions F. Scott Fitzgerald exceedingly rare, lengthy, and personal letter

RR Autograph Auctions F. Scott Fitzgerald

An exceedingly rare, lengthy, and personal letter, with direct reference to Zelda and to one of his finest works: “the strain under which Tender was written…caused defeat, ergo overwork, ergo nerves, drink & a whole vicious cycle”

Jazz Age novelist and short story writer. He is regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the twentieth century. Fitzgerald was the self-styled spokesman of the ‘Lost Generation,’ Americans born in the 1890s who came of age during World War I. He finished four novels, left a fifth unfinished, and wrote dozens of short stories that feature themes of youth, despair, and age. Remarkable ALS signed “Ever your friend Scott,” two pages, 8.5 x 13, no date. Letter to Lola. In full: “I must have phoned you at a busy moment. Haven’t had such a lecture since I left the army. Sorry as hell the insurance people have bothered you. I was sick as hell from Nov. To March. & didn’t see how I could get the premium paid that was due Jan 15th. So with the help of a pint of whiskey I got out of bed here & went up to Wilmington where I went to bed again & phoned Donaldson because I thought sure the thing was going to lapse. I must say he was very nice. (About borrowing on it—didn’t you suggest to me it was the thing to do in these warfare times? Not that it matters for I had to do it anyhow).


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