Books: Bigger Than the Ritz

THE LETTERS OF F. SCOTT FITZGERALD edited by Andrew Turnbull. 615 pages. Scribner. $10.

Scott Fitzgerald would today be forgotten as a Princetonian playboy who was a silly young man in a silly time—the '20s—were it not for the fact that he was a silly young man of genius. It was his genius to vibrate like a tuning fork to the music of his time. When the '20s died on Black Thursday of 1929 and the times went bad, Fitzgerald went sour with them. Although he wrote better, he was on the wrong note; having been monstrously overrewarded for his early tripe,...

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