F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Last Tycoon Essay

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F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Last Tycoon F. Scott Fitzgerald’s unfinished final novel The Last Tycoon was begun in 1939 in Encino, California. He worked on the novel during his tenure in Hollywood and up until the day he suffered a fatal heart attack on Dec. 21, 1940. The novel was published in 1941, and included Fitzgerald’s notes concerning the unfinished text. Also, the initial volume was published with The Great Gatsby and a collection of short stories that included “The Diamond as Big as the Ritz,” “The Rich Boy,” “May Day,” “Absolution,” and “Crazy Sunday” (Adams). The publication indicates the clearly infantile stage of the work, which was yet to be significantly revised and sharpened. The published draft…show more content…
Thalberg was a wildly successful producer who fit Fitzgerald’s mold of an admirable man; he had taste, intelligence, and personal style (Bruccoli 12). Stahr is often considered Fitzgerald’s most developed protagonist, who is “too human to be summarized” (Rugoff 18). Many critics saw the novel as a development in Fitzgerald’s writing. Despite his desire to mirror the success of Gatsby with Tycoon, there is a distinctive difference between the main themes of the novels. “If The Great Gatsby can be viewed in broad interpretation as the tragedy of a man who outlives his dreams, The Last Tycoon can be thought of as a tragedy of a man who, for a time, remains great while his surroundings, the old order of a creative Hollywood, deteriorate” (Maurer 2). The Last Tycoon is also the first of his works to deal seriously with any profession or business. Even the legendary glamorous parties that are idealized in his previous novels are “incidental and unimportant” in the grand scheme of life (Wilson 10). Many also saw the work as an exhibition of the growth in Fitzgerald’s dramatic techniques. Throughout his career one of his “weaknesses had always been his inability to separate himself from his material…In The Last Tycoon lyricism yields to classical
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