By Sheilah Graham
The relocating tale of ways F. Scott Fitzgerald—washed up, alcoholic and ill—dedicated himself to devising a heartfelt direction in literature for the lady he loved.
In 1937, at the evening of her engagement to the Marquess of Donegall, Sheilah Graham met F. Scott Fitzgerald at a celebration in Hollywood. Graham, a British-born journalist, broke off her engagement, and till Fitzgerald had a deadly middle assault in her condo in 1940, the 2 writers lived the fervid, occasionally violent affair that's memorialized right here with extraordinary intimacy.
When they met, Fitzgerald’s status had waned. He battled crippling alcoholism whereas writing screenplays to help his daughter and institutionalized spouse. Graham’s famous person, although, was once emerging, to the purpose the place she turned Hollywood’s highest-paid, best-read gossip columnist. but when Fitzgerald had lived out his “crack-up” in public, Graham saved her demons secret—such as that she believed herself to be “a interesting pretend who pulled the wool over Hollywood’s eyes.’’
Most poignantly, she keenly felt her loss of schooling, and Fitzgerald rose to the celebration. He turned her passionate coach, guiding her via a curriculum of his personal layout: a school of 1. Graham enjoyed him the extra for it, writing the booklet as a tribute. As she defined, “An strange man’s rules on what constituted an schooling needed to be preserved. it's a new bankruptcy so as to add to what's already recognized approximately an writer who has been microscopically investigated in all of the different components of his life.”