I was lucky enough to meet Frances this past January and thank her for her memoir, Against the Current, which helped me a great deal. At 98 she was still pithy, and loved telling stories about how working with Fitzgerald was an education.
– Stewart O’Nan
Frances Kroll Ring, one of the last living links to novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald, died Thursday, her family said. She was 99 and died at home in Benedict Canyon after a short illness.
Ring began working as Fitzgerald’s secretary and typist in 1939, when he was sending out short stories, working occasionally for Hollywood studios and writing the manuscript “The Love of the Last Tycoon.”
From The Columbia Chronicle:
The Great Gatsby 90th Anniversary: 90 years ago on April 10, 1925, F. Scott Fitzgerald published his literary opus, “The Great Gatsby.”
From The Daily News of Newburyport:
F. Scott Fitzgerald returns in “West of Sunset,” a re-creation of his movie years
The American trio of Fitzgerald, Faulkner and Hemingway continues to live – notably, in fiction.
Two recent books that created fictional treatments were “The Paris Wife,” about Hemingway’s first, and “Zelda,” a fictional look at the tempestuous relationship between Fitzgerald, the brilliant if drunken wordsmith, and Zelda, his talented flapper-wife who was institutionalized in her final years.
And there was the highly amusing movie, “Midnight in Paris,” by Woody Allen.
My favorite send-up character in that film was Hemingway: “Are a real man? Do you want to box?” (This after a dozen drinks).
Anyway, Your Scribe just finished “West of Sunset,” by Stewart O’Nan.
From The Bookseller, a quick review of West of Sunset — an Editor’s Choice pick!