Fitzgerald and Hemingway: A Dangerous Friendship by Matthew J. Bruccoli
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Bruccoli reveals yet another facet of Fitzgerald the Man in order to cement Fitzgerald the Legendary Author–and this type by contrasting him with his friend and also mythic Hemingway. Their letters, and Bruccoli’s weaving of the narrative, show a complex relationship that was unique for both of them among their literary friendship: always with esteem, brutally honest, and supportive in a way that only non-competing rivals can accomplish. Anyone fascinated by the literary giants of the Lost Generation must take at their writing to each other to fully understand how they reached success and hones their craft.