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Last Tycoon, the (1941) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

Their eyes 'met and tangled. For an instant they made love as no one ever dares to do after. Their glance was slower than an embrace, more urgent than a call'. A novel of the glittering decadence of Hollywood in its heyday, this was Fitzgerald's last work and he died without completing it. The novel's tragic tycoon hero is Stahr. Caught in the crossfire of his own effortless cynicism and his silent, secret vulnerability, Stahr inhabits a world dominated by business, alcohol and promiscuity. If there is a moral or social necessity to film-making in this West Coast never-never land, Stahr does not always believe in it. If there is love he does not always see it. The sharpness of Fitzgerald's prose, the steely simplicity of his style, give a cutting edge to this study of Hollywood in the thirties, from which Fitzgerald draws a painfully bitter-sweet love affair and bids his own poignant farewell to the Great American Dream.

Original title: The Last Tycoon
Alternative titles: The Last Tycoon: an Unfinished Novel
Original languages: English

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Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

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Edition #1: The Love of the Last Tycoon: a Western

The Love of the Last Tycoon: a Western (1994)
Edition Details (From the publisher):

Literary detective Bruccoli has produced a remarkable feat of scholarship in this welcome critical edition of the novel Fitzgerald began during his final year (1940) while working in Hollywood as a screenwriter. Generally considered a roman a clef, the story charts the power struggle of self-made, overworked producer Monroe Stahr (modeled on MGM producer Irving Thalberg) with rival executive Pat Brady (a stand-in for MGM head Louis B. Mayer). It is also the story of Stahr's love affair with young widow Kathleen Moore and is (partly at least) narrated by Cecelia, Brady's cynical daughter who is hopelessly in love with Stahr. After Fitzgerald's death in December, his conflicting drafts for the novel were reworked by Edmund Wilson, who spliced episodes, moved around scenes and altered words and punctuation. Bruccoli, Fitzgerald biographer and editor of Cambridge's critical edition of The Great Gatsby, has restored Fitzgerald's original version and has also restored the narrative's ostensible working title, one that implies that Hollywood is the last American frontier where immigrants and their progeny remake themselves. Equally significant are other entries in this volume: Bruccoli's informative introduction; letters by Fitzgerald, Wilson and Maxwell Perkins; facsimiles of Fitzgerald's notes and drafts; and textual commentary, including helpful explanations of the novel's numerous topical references.

Language: English


Edited by: Matthew J. Bruccoli
Introduction by: Matthew J. Bruccoli
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Manifested in:

The Love of the Last Tycoon: a Western (April 14, 1995)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons
ISBN: 9780020199854
Dimensions: 5.2 x 7.7 x 0.7 in
Pages: 169

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Edition #2: The Last Tycoon

The Last Tycoon (1941)
Edition Details:

Language: English

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Manifested in:

The Last Tycoon (February 2002)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Harmondsworth, Middlesex
Publisher: Penguin Modern Classics
ISBN: 9780141185637
Dimensions: 5 x 7.6 x 0.7 in
Pages: 208

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