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Tender is the Night Writer

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Tender is the Night "Servant troublepolitical worriesalmost neurosisdrinking increasedarguments using Scottiequarrel using Hemingwayquarrel with Bunny Wilsonquarrel with Gerald Murphybreakdown of cartight at Eddie Poe'ssick againfirst borrowing from mothersick 'The Fire’Zelda weakens and goes into Hopkinsone servant and eating out" (Mayfield 207) A brief excerpt from F. Scott Fitzgerald's Ledger provides a tiny sample of numerous hurdles Fitzgerald struggled to overcome while slaving away nine years with Tender is the Night. The labour which accompanied Fitzgerald's fourth novel wasn't anticipated by the author. He had first envisioned Tender is the Night to become "something new in form, thought, and structure--that the model for the age that Joyce and Stein are searching for, that Conrad didn't locate"(Scribner 1). But disease, relative poverty, and heartbreak plagued Fitzgerald and disrupted his work on the novel. Tender is the Night finally appeared on April 12, 1934. But despite Fitzgerald's high expectations of hot reviews, the reception was, at best, luke warm. The publication offered only thirteen thousand copies and abandoned Fitzgerald's ego bruised and his hopes of its estimable success . Ernest Hemingway offered small praise. The characters, he thought, were "beautifully falsified case histories rather than people" (Mayfield 209). Likewise wracking, Hal Borland of the Philadelphia Ledger commented on April 13, 1934, "Most of the topics [of Tender is the Night] look better fitted for clinical studies compared to fiction. Fitzgerald's book is performed, and its heaps of cross-currents are well handled. But it's not the important nov.. .

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