Hemingway vs Fitzgerald: The Rise and Fall of a Literary Friendship
Biography of their competitive friendship beginning with their initial 1925 Paris meeting. Covers Fitzgerald’s introduction of the unknown Hemingway to some of the most famous and influential expatriates of the era, including Gertrude Stein and Gerald and Sara Murphy. Drawing on their correspondence, Donaldson goes on to chronicle their troubled relationship over the years, including their criticism of each other’s work, professional and private insecurities, and petty jealousies. Includes a lengthy discussion of the debilitating effects of alcohol on each man’s life and writing.