A reprint of an old interview with F Scott Fitzgerald. The real news here being, of course, that the New York Post once printed interviews with literary authors instead of prurient gossip and right wing propaganda. Huh.
Long ago, when he was young, cocksure, drunk with sudden success, F Scott Fitzgerald told a newspaper man that no one should live beyond 30. That was in 1921, shortly after his first novel, This Side of Paradise, had burst into the literary heavens like a flowering Roman candle.
The poet-prophet of the post-war neurotics observed his 40th birthday yesterday in his bedroom of the Grove Park Inn here. He spent the day as he spends all his days – trying to come back from the other side of paradise, the hell of despondency in which he has writhed for the last couple of years.
Holy shit! The New York Post also used to employ multi-syllabic words and graceful metaphor!