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The Last Tycoon is an unfinished novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. In , it was published .. Print/export. Create a book · Download as PDF · Printable version. Start by marking “The Love of the Last Tycoon” as Want to Read: There are very few writers whose careers you can trace through their work like F. Scott Fitzgerald. BBC Blurb: The celebrated theatre director Bill Bryden adapts F Scott Fitzgerald's last and unfinished novel. Unfinished at the time of his death, F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Last Tycoon is a story of doomed love set against the Ships from and sold by Book Depository US.

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The Last Tycoon, edited by the preeminent Fitzgerald scholar Matthew J. Bruccoli , is a restoration of Author interviews, book reviews, editors' picks, and more. Over “The Love of the Last Tycoon” there's a checkmark — or a slash? Nearby a No offense to Fitz — it's the nature of any book half-written. The Last Tycoon was Fitzgerald's last novel. He had written 17 scenes and made notes for the remaining 13 when he died. That puts it in the.

Wylie then proceeds to flirt shamelessly with Cecelia while Mr. Schwartz is fast asleep. When Schwartz awakens, he informs them that he has changed his mind and will not travel to Los Angeles with them.

He asks Wylie to deliver a message to a friend, which he gladly accepts. The next day, Wylie and Cecelia learn that Schwartz committed suicide right after they left Nashville. Cecelia realises that the message Schwarz gave to Wylie was in fact for Monroe Stahr, her father's business partner.

She has had a crush on Monroe for many years. Cecelia arrives at her father's film studio to pick him up for a birthday party.


Due to an unexpected minor earthquake, Cecelia, her father, and his companions all end up in Stahr's office. A water pipe bursts and floods the set.

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Stahr beholds two women desperately clinging to the head of a statue — finding one of them to be the spitting image of his late wife. The day after, Stahr asks his secretary to identify the girls for him.

She presents him with a phone number which he immediately uses to arrange a meeting with one of the girls. Unfortunately, it is not the girl he wished to see, she does not resemble his wife at all. Stahr gives her a ride home, where she insists that he'd come in and meet her friend the young Irish-born Kathleen Moore.

As soon as Moore opens the front door, Stahr recognises her to be the woman he had seen the other night. Kathleen withstands his advances to her and even refuses to tell him her name.

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It is only when Stahr happens to meet her again at a party that he can convince her to go out and have a cup of coffee with him. He drives her to the building site of his new house in Santa Monica. Kathleen seems reluctant to be with Stahr, but she still ends up having sex with him. A short time afterwards, Stahr receives a letter in which Kathleen confesses to have been engaged to another man for quite some time.

She has now decided to marry him despite having fallen in love with Stahr. Stahr asks Cecelia to arrange for a meeting with a suspected communist who wants to organise a labour union within the film studio.

Stahr and Cecelia meet the man over supper where Stahr gets drunk and gets involved in a violent confrontation. Cecelia takes care of him and they grow closer. Cecelia's father, however, becomes more and more unhappy with Stahr as a business partner and has wanted to get rid of him for a long while.

For more than a decade, he assembled hit movie after hit movie. Gatsby's success was covert, as murky as his real identity; Thalberg's success was measured each weekend in box office receipts.

Gatsby died a lurid, movie-star death, bigger than life; Thalberg, never healthy, worked himself to death at And Shahr, like Thalberg, was a "boy genius," vastly smarter than Gatsby.

Stahr could.

As a Times critic noted: The equation he held in his head told him how much a certain kind of picture would gross, which, in turn, told him how much could be profitably spent on its production.

He knew whose brains to rent.

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The capacities of directors, writers and actors were as apparent to him as labeled contents. He could cut four minutes from a dreary minute movie in such a way to make it seem a single, breathless experience of 60 minutes. In those days, movies pictures didn't waste time getting to points.

And neither does The Last Tycoon. Fitzgerald didn't quite know the inner workings of the Long Island rich, but he knew Hollywood cold. Like other failed novelists, he had gone west to make a living writing movies. In The Pat Hobby Stories, he shows the comic side of this stupid, vulgar work. In The Last Tycoon, he got serious. The issues in Tycoon are deeper than the noisy concerns of Gatsby. Like Gatsby, Stahr has lost a woman, but in his case, she was his wife, and she died.

He meets, fleetingly, a young woman who reminds him of her, and he seeks her out, but she doesn't, as in Gatsby, become his single-minded obsession. He has bigger challenges.

Like the rise of a union, the Writers Guild. Like an epic conflict with the owner of the studio. And, most of all, the unending challenge of creating culture that can be transformed into commerce: "Dreams hung in fragments at the far end of the room, suffered analysis, passed to be dreamed in crowds, or else discarded.

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Elia Kazan directed; it was his last film. Robert De Niro so young, so thin was Monroe Stahr. Robert Mitchum played the owner of the studio. Jack Nicholson was the union organizer. There were cameos by Jeanne Moreau and Tony Curtis.

A very classy endeavor, wouldn't you say? There's much to savor in the book and movie, but one scene stands out. Boxley, an English writer on contract to the studio, has been summoned to Stahr's office. He is an artist. He's writing crap. He knows it. Stahr knows it. In the hands of a second-rate novelist, Stahr screams at Boxley and fires him.

But watch what Fitzgerald does presented here in Pinter's screenplay : Boxley walks into Monroe Stahr's office a bit diffidently, eyeing the other two writers in the room seated in front of Stahr. Stahr welcomes him and offers him a seat between the other writers.

It's a waste of time. They can't write.

And they I sent you some. We'd lose the audience. The men The men are dueling when this conversation takes place. At the end, one of them falls into a well and has to be hauled up I inherited this absurd situation.

Stahr crosses to the work-table at back of his office. You've been fighting duels all day. You're exhausted This is youI also had issues with the narrative voice, at first. To ask other readers questions about The Love of the Last Tycoon , please sign up. I loved this.

Boxley can't help but look Stahr crosses the room to the front door. My copy of this book had notes on how Fitzgerald planned to finish the novel, he planned meticulously by all accounts.