Books: The Far Side of Friendship

SCOTT AND ERNEST by Matthew J. Bruccoli; Random House; 168 pages; $8.95

Romanticism is the cash crop of American literature. The making and unmaking of the self has absorbed the labors of our most talented writers. They, in turn, have been processed into romantic legend by journalists and biographers, to a point where literary heroes are more read about than read. Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald have been through this mill more than most, and their legends have picked up a number of impurities along the way.

Both authors contributed distinctively to their...

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