Books: Everyone at His Best

LIVING WELL IS THE BEST REVENGE by Calvin Tomkins. 148 pages. Viking. $6.50.

Just before Tender Is the Night was published in 1934, Scott Fitzgerald mused to his friend Gerald Murphy, who served as one of the models for Dick Diver: "It has magic. It has magic." It was indeed a seductive book, and a nimbus of equally powerful magic surrounded its author. Though Scott squandered his talent and Zelda went mad, legend still holds firmly that they were enchanted people somehow removed from the dailiness of life.

It may be that the legend...

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