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.”
Stewart was in St. Paul, Minnesota yesterday, the birthplace of F. Scott Fitzgerald. A few pictures from his visit follow. Photos courtesy Tim Hedges of Around the Town Agency.
Two links of interest in TribLive and The Week:
Fitzgerald fascination: Stewart O’Nan book, new biographies, film projects focus on F. Scott
O’Nan says “every journalist wanted to take me to a Red Lobster” when that novel was published in 2007, so his wife suggested he seek out more glamorous material.
“What do I know from glamour? I’m from Pittsburgh,” he says. “But American glamour is Fitzgerald on the Riviera. American glamour is Greta Garbo. So what if I look at one of the most romantic places in American history (Hollywood in the late 1930s) through the eyes of our greatest romantic. If I can’t make that glamorous, I’m not trying.”
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