*With a new introduction by bestselling and iconic novelist Haruki Murakami*
This edition of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final unfinished novel is now restored to the original 1941 text, with updates by Fitzgerald scholar James L. W. West III.
When F. Scott Fitzgerald died in 1940, he left behind an unfinished draft of this poignant novel, inspired by his own experience working in Hollywood as a screenwriter. Literary critic Edmund Wilson edited Fitzgerald’s notes and material to publish this text of The Last Tycoon in 1941. Now, this edition restores Wilson’s editorial work and includes an introduction from celebrated author Haruki Murakami.
Set in Hollywood in the 1930s, The Last Tycoon tells the tragic story of a young film producer named Monroe Stahr. Exploring themes of ambition, power, and corruption, The Last Tycoon depicts Stahr’s struggle to balance his personal life and professional goals with the challenges of running a successful movie studio. Based on the career of real-life producer Irving Thalberg, the head of MGM who was known as Hollywood’s “boy wonder”, The Last Tycoon is a sharply observed and bittersweet exposé of the glittering excess of the Hollywood film industry in its prime.
F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1896. He attended Princeton University, joined the United States Army during World War I, and published his first novel, This Side of Paradise, in 1920. That same year he married Zelda Sayre and for the next decade the couple lived in New York, Paris, and on the Riviera. Fitzgerald’s masterpieces include The Beautiful and Damned, The Great Gatsby, and Tender Is the Night. He died at the age of forty-four while working on The Last Tycoon. Fitzgerald’s fiction has secured his reputation as one of the most important American writers of the twentieth century.
“Even more heartfelt, even more profound than I had previously thought... I found myself admiring, all over again, the maturity and power of Fitzgerald’s writing.” —Haruki Murakami
“The confident, almost serene excellence of this unfinished work speaks to a deeper stability in Fitzgerald... No one conjures love’s longing like Fitzgerald could... shows Fitzgerald’s talents in the best possible light.” —Sam Sacks, Wall Street Journal
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