A "charming" diary of 14-year-old F. Scott Fitzgerald

By George Killough
Star Tribune

Fitzgerald_thoughtbook coverSome girls liked him a lot. Granted, their romantic allegiance shifted around, but so did his, and so does the romantic allegiance of 14-year-olds in general.

The text provides not only a view of his adolescent mind but also of Summit Avenue teenage society in 1910-11, thus offering useful background for the Basil Duke Lee stories Fitzgerald wrote as an adult.

The publication is welcome because the document has been difficult to access. Princeton University Library issued a hard-to-read facsimile in 1965 and printed only 300 copies. Few libraries have it.

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