Books: The Last Survivor

A BACKWARD GLANCE by Edith Wharton. 385 pages. Scribner. $6.95.

The most famous story about her is probably the one concerning her meeting with F. Scott Fitzgerald. That was in France in 1925, when Edith Wharton was 63 and Fitzgerald 28. She had written him a letter praising The Great Gatsby and invited him and Zelda to her country home for tea. Zelda refused to go; she was damned, she said, if she would travel 50 miles from Paris to let an old lady stare at her and make her feel provincial. According to Biographer...

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