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The Last Tycoon [Format Kindle]

F. Scott Fitzgerald , Edmund Wilson
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Présentation de l'éditeur

A mysterious woman stands and smiles at Monroe Stahr, the last of the great Hollywood princes. Enchanted by one another, they begin a passionate but hopeless love affair.

Biographie de l'auteur

F. Scott Fizgerald was born in 1896 in St Paul, Minnesota, and went to Princeton University, which he left in 1917 to join the army. He was said to have epitomized the Jazz Age, which he himself defined as 'a generation grown up to find all Gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken'. In 1920 he married Zelda Sayre. Their traumatic marriage and her subsequent breakdowns became the leading influence on his writing. Among his publications were five novels, This Side of Paradise, The Great Gatsby, The Beautiful and Damned, Tender is the Night and The Last Tycoon (his last and unfinished work). Fitzgerald died suddenly in 1940.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1845 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 212 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0141185635
  • Editeur : Penguin; Édition : New Ed (31 janvier 2002)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B002RI8ZQ4
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 excellent 26 mai 2010
Excellent chef d'oeuvre de Fitzgerald. Édition poche, le papier n'est pas terrible, en revanche les notes originales de l'auteur sont aussi présentées. Ça vaut la peine.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Gorgeous Coralie-Bickford Smith cover art! 7 mars 2011
Par Sara Burton - Publié sur
I purchased all six of these books from the Canadian Amazon website ( several weeks ago because I couldn't bear to wait any longer for them to show up on the American site.

The covers are just gorgeous. The art is metallic and beautiful and the covers have a soft feel to them. The inside flap of the cover is perforated and is designed to be removed and used as a matching bookmark.

The cover art for this set of F. Scott Fitzgerald books was designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith - the genius behind the similarly beautiful Penguin cloth-bound classics series. Not only is the literature itself classic, but the books look like a classic collector's item as well! Friends compliment me on them all the time when they see them on my bookcase!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A masterpiece in the making 23 mai 2009
Par David Bonesteel - Publié sur
F. Scott Fitzgerald's final novel, left uncompleted because of the author's death, tells the story of Monroe Stahr, a hotshot Hollywood producer facing his mortality and longing for a second chance at love. The Hollywood sections, which were informed by the time Fitzgerald spent as a screenwriter, are wonderful, featuring the snappy dialogue and fast pace of a screwball comedy from the 40s. The prose in the romantic parts is a bit overheated and sappy, but no doubt that would have been improved by the author had he lived. A brilliant scene near the end, in which three children encounter the wreckage of a plane crash, makes me ache to read the novel that will never be.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting But Incomplete. 5 avril 2006
Par J. Robinson - Publié sur
Fitzgerald is considered to be an important early 20th century American writer. I bought and read Fitzgerald's five major novels ("This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and the Damned, The Great Gatsby, Tender is the Night, and The Last Tycoon") plus one book of short stories plus the biography "Some Sort of Epic Grandeur" by Matthew Broccoli.

His first major novel, "This Side of Paradise," along with "Gatsby" and "Tender is the Night" are considered to be great novels, and I enjoyed the reads. The other two have serious flaws. Interestingly, the Bloomsbury Guide does not rate any of the five well known Fitzgerald novels as masterpieces. His best or most complicated work is "Tender is the Night," but it is less well known than "Gatsby" which became a successful film.

Fitzgerald wrote about half a dozen novels and over 100 short stories between approximately 1917 and 1940. The short stories were done largely to make money to support his life style. In later years, he worked on a number of Hollywood film scripts. He died poor in Hollywood in 1940 at an age of just 44, leaving an insurance policy as his main asset.

The present novel was written by Fitzgerald at the end of his short life. It reflects his own life as a screenwriter although here the protagonist is a dynamic producer, not a writer.

This is a very unsatisfactory novel to read because it has one major flaw: Fitzgerald dies at page 150 leaving the reader hanging mid-air, seemingly in the middle of the unfinished story. It is edited by Edmund Wilson and Wilson suggests different endings, but it does not quite work.

It is an interesting read for two reasons. Firstly, other than his over 100 short works, Fitzgerald has just a handful of novels so there is the curiosity factor. Secondly, it is interesting to see how he develops as a writer. Here in "The Last Tycoon" the great prose and romance is largely gone. It seems more or less like any other Hollywood story. He seems to have lost that romantic identification of the earlier work. Perhaps he was tired.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 F. Scott Fitzgerald's last novel 2 mars 2014
Par Ev Nucci - Publié sur
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Fitzerald is one of my son's favorite authors and for Christmas one year I bought all of his books for their library. I finally bought this one for my own library. It is a challenge seeing the narrator, (Fitzgerald) as a female. Monroe Stahr is a Hollywood big shot and Fitzgerald doesn't finish his last novel before he dies. If you're looking for another Gatsby, it's not going to happen here. It's a good read, but it's not Gatsby.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 F. Scott Fitzgerald At The Movies-Almost 24 février 2015
Par Alfred Johnson - Publié sur
I suppose that it is just a matter of taste, or maybe just being a cranky literary guy of sorts, but publishing a well-known author’s last unfinished work, as here with F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Last Tycoon seems rather sacrilegious or perhaps just publisher’s greed to play off one last time on an author’s fame. I have no problem with, say, a publisher publishing a posthumous book like one did in 1964 with Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast since that book had been completed and moreover provided a great snapshot into the self-imposed American literary exile community, including some interesting insights into Fitzgerald as well, of post-World War I Paris.

The subject here, the partially told saga of the last of the self-made maverick movie producers, is hardly definitive, or as compellingly told about the corporatization of that profit-filled medium. Moreover the pieces here add nothing to Fitzgerald’s reputation which will always hinge on the novel, The Great Gatsby, maybe Tender Is The Night, and a slew of his prolifically produced short stories.
That said, that off my chest I will say that Fitzgerald who did do work as a screenwriter, although it is not clear how successfully, has a pretty good idea of what was going on in Hollywood once the “talkies” came in and forced the story line and dialogue of a film to ratchet up several notches. And then there is the question of putting what looks like a good idea on the screen with many times temperamental actors and inadequate financial backing. In any case the movie producer here, Monroe Stahr, is foredoomed to be the last of the independent filmmakers not only by the new system coming in place but by the fact that despite his “boy wonder” status for producing mostly hits and getting the most out of his employees come hell or high water he is headed for an early grave due to rough living and a weak heart.

The story, his story as far as it goes, is told by the daughter of one of his associates who is young enough, a college student at Bennington, to be seriously in love with him although he is only, at best, tepid toward her. The reason, or rather the big reason Monroe was still in thrall to the memory of his late actress wife, and, was smitten by a woman he met randomly on his studio lot who preternaturally looked like his late wife. That short tremulous love affair which ended in sorrow and departure is the human interest center of the story. Additionally there are scenes like how screenwriters write individually and collectively (or don’t write under either category), the importance of skilled cameramen in getting just the right effect that the director or producer whoever is hanging over him or her, how stars are made (or unmade), which gives an insight into the collective nature of the film industry no matter who produces, who directs, and who stars. That theme was done very well cinematically in the 1950s film, The Bad and the Beautiful about a post-World War II Monroe Stahr –like figure and the director, the rags to riches actress and the screenwriter he put the screws to in order to produce what he thought were great films.

There are also some interesting scenes, and some references sprinkled throughout The Last Tycoon, about the coming unionization of the industry, the fears that thought produced in the movie moguls, including Stahr, and a decidedly more morbid fear about the “reds” bringing revolution to their Hollywood front door which, perhaps, foreshadowed the post-war red scare Hollywood Ten blacklist night. Nice pieces, nice insights but as a whole the thing does not hang together since the driven Fitzgerald have not worked out all the kinks. Enough said.
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