The list of writers who were still hip to Scott Fitzgerald at the time of his death was pretty short. Along with the unfortunately absent West, I think Dorothy Parker traveled to the funeral. Hemingway, of course, had a very complicated relationship with Fitzgerald. O'Hara was something of an imitator at times as well as a fan and Dashiell Hammett was portrayed as a Fitzgerald enthusiast in a famous anti-Hemingway anecdote by Lillian Hellman. Chandler was something of a fan, though he had misgivings about The Last Tycoon. In short, Fitzgerald appears to have cut a wide swath as far as the HB crowd was concerned even as his rep hit the dumps with the larger public.
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From: Randy Krbechek
Sent: Friday, March 19, 2010 13:01
Subject: RARA-AVIS: Nathaniel West
At 3/18/2010, James Michael Rogers wrote:
>Off topic but, since we were talking recently about HB authors
>suitable to be taught in schools, did anyone mention Nathanial
>West's Day Of The Locust and Miss Lonelyhearts?
Trivia fact. West and his bride (they were married for only a few
months) were killed in an accident as he was driving to the funeral
for F. Scott Fitzgerald.
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