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Reads tagged with “F. Scott Fitzgerald”

Hemingway’s Tough-Love Letter of Advice to F. Scott Fitzgerald on Writing and Turning Suffering into Creative Fuel
Hemingway’s Tough-Love Letter of Advice to F. Scott Fitzgerald on Writing and Turning Suffering into Creative Fuel

“Forget your personal tragedy… Good writers always come back. Always.”

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F. Scott Fitzgerald Reads John Masefield’s “On Growing Old”
F. Scott Fitzgerald Reads John Masefield’s “On Growing Old”

A poignant meditation on life’s true satisfactions.

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Hemingway’s Ideas of Heaven and Hell: The 26-Year-Old Author’s Letter to F. Scott Fitzgerald
Hemingway’s Ideas of Heaven and Hell: The 26-Year-Old Author’s Letter to F. Scott Fitzgerald

“To me a heaven would be a big bull ring with me holding two barrera seats and a trout stream outside that no one else was allowed to fish in and two lovely houses in the town.”

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F. Scott Fitzgerald on the Secret to Great Writing: Letters of Advice to a Friend’s Teenage Daughter and to His Own
F. Scott Fitzgerald on the Secret to Great Writing: Letters of Advice to a Friend’s Teenage Daughter and to His Own

“Nothing any good isn’t hard.”

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F. Scott Fitzgerald Responds to Hate Mail
F. Scott Fitzgerald Responds to Hate Mail

“The Rosseaus, Marxes, Tolstois — men of thought, mind you, ‘impractical’ men, ‘idealist’ have done more to decide the food you eat and the things you think + do than all the millions of Roosevelts and Rockerfellars.”

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The Thoughtbook of F. Scott Fitzgerald: An Endearing Record of His First Loves from His Secret Boyhood Diary
The Thoughtbook of F. Scott Fitzgerald: An Endearing Record of His First Loves from His Secret Boyhood Diary

A lesson on self-awareness without self-consciousness.

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F. Scott Fitzgerald Reads John Keats’s “Ode to a Nightingale”
F. Scott Fitzgerald Reads John Keats’s “Ode to a Nightingale”

“Was it a vision, or a waking dream? Fled is that music: — Do I wake or sleep?”

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Timeless Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of Great Writers
Timeless Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of Great Writers

Hemingway, Didion, Baldwin, Fitzgerald, Sontag, Vonnegut, Bradbury, Morrison, Orwell, Le Guin, Woolf, and other titans of literature.

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How to Use Your Turkey Leftovers: 13 Ideas from F. Scott Fitzgerald
How to Use Your Turkey Leftovers: 13 Ideas from F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Not one but has been tried and proven — there are headstones all over America to testify to the fact.”

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Fatherly Advice from Famous Dads
Fatherly Advice from Famous Dads

“The secret of success is concentrating interest in life… interest in the small things of nature… In other words to be fully awake to everything.”

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