Scott, Zelda, & Scottie; Asheville

In the summer of 1936, F. Scott Fitzgerald was in his second year in Asheville. His daughter Scottie, away at boarding school, had written him to say she’d submitted a short story to a magazine but been rejected.  The story doesn’t survive but Fitzgerald’s response does: Grove Park Inn Asheville, N.C. October 20, 1936 Dearest […]


Michael Gorra on The Portrait of a Lady

The critic Arnold Kettle once called The Portrait of a Lady a nineteenth-century version of Paradise Lost, a book about the end of a dream, about the loss of faith in individual autonomy; and the novel’s last pages will give that comparison some point. But many, indeed most, nineteenth-century novels are concerned with the limits […]