Monday, July 25, 2005

Splash du Jour: Monday

This week, I would like to focus the Splash du Jours on the words of the great American writer-icon, F. Scott Fitzgerald.
“My whole theory of writing I can sum up in one sentence. An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmasters of ever afterward.”
-- F. Scott Fitzgerald, in the first flush of success at the appearance of This Side of Paradise in 1920 –
How magnificently – if sad to say – posthumously – he fulfilled that ideal. His all too brief literary career, consisting of a dozen years of commercial and critical success followed by distractions and disappointments, ended in 1940 when he suffered a heart attack at the age of fourty-four.
Now, sixty-five years later, more copies of Fitzgerald’s books are purchased each year than were sold cumulatively throughout his entire lifetime.

Have a great Monday!

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