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).