For the month of March we read On Booze for our book club. Published by A New Directions Pearl, the text features a short yet representative collection of works by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Alluded to in the title, the collection chronicles the writer's lifelong battle with alcoholism.
While some sections playfully present direct interpretations, others draw more subtle connections, offering an intimate look at Fitzgerald's internal struggle. Both somber and ridden with cynicism, these works give way to a poetic yet sobering glimpse at the writer's psychological unrest.
The series The Crack Up, which also features Pasting It Together and Handle With Care, particularly lends itself to this mode of insight. Originally published in Esquire Magazine in 1936, the series received a lot of critical attention for its candid illustration of Fitzgerald's often acerbic disposition.
Also included in the book are writings on his bouts with insomnia, personal letters and essays and a streaming description of his travels with wife Zelda Fitzgerald.
Join us as we discuss our next book, The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald!