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Sunday, October 19, 2008

F. Scott Fitzgerald's briefcase!

Dear England, I'm a big F. Scott Fitzgerald fan, and here is...his briefcase! Funny the things you can find on the internet (internetS - ed). The monogram reads: "Scott Fitzgerald 597 - 5th Ave.New York" and the address is of Fitzgerald's publisher, Charles Scribner's Sons.

I'm amazed that Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Thomas Wolfe all had the same editor - Maxwell Perkins. A great biography of how Perkins juggled, guided and encouraged these three temperamental writers is A. Scott Berg's Max Perkins: Editor of Genius. While Fitzgerald was always broke and Hemingway always getting into scrapes, Wolfe quietly wrote one endless manuscript (on the top of the fridge, standing up!) that Perkins would have to cut down into publishable novels!

Who was the most troublesome, it's hard to say?

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