Books: The Jazz Age

THE CRACK-UP—F. Scott Fitzgerald—New Directions ($3.50).

When Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald died at 44, in Christmas-week of 1940, he left behind a handful of brilliant novels and collections of short stories (This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and Damned, Tales of the Jazz Age, The Great Gatsby) and an unfillable gap in the ranks of Postwar I's "lost generation." Wrote Novelist Glenway Wescott, "he was a kind of king of our American youth."

Now Critic Edmund Wilson has made a book of his friend's glittering, tragic life. It is in part a collection of essays,...