Thursday, August 6, 2009
In August, 1931, F. Scott Fitzgerald published the story Emotional Bankruptcy in the Saturday Evening Post. He was 34. Zelda had been hospitalized for a nervous collapse, his novels weren't selling, and life wasn't as dazzling as it had been just a few years earlier. His work was just as brilliant. It was the audience that had changed, chastened by the Crash, no longer amused by rich people dancing in fountains and drinking champagne from expensive shoes.