The Pat Hobby Stories

August 28, 2019 - Comment

A fascinating study in self-satire that brings to life the Hollywood years of F. Scott Fitzgerald The setting: Hollywood: the character: Pat Hobby, a down-and-out screenwriter trying to break back into show business, but having better luck getting into bars. Written between 1939 and 1940, when F. Scott Fitzgerald was working for Universal Studios, the

A fascinating study in self-satire that brings to life the Hollywood years of F. Scott Fitzgerald
The setting: Hollywood: the character: Pat Hobby, a down-and-out screenwriter trying to break back into show business, but having better luck getting into bars. Written between 1939 and 1940, when F. Scott Fitzgerald was working for Universal Studios, the seventeen Pat Hobby stories were first published in Esquire magazine and present a bitterly humorous portrait of a once-successful writer who becomes a forgotten hack on a Hollywood lot. “This was not art” Pat Hobby often said, “this was an industry” where whom “you sat with at lunch was more important than what you dictated in your office.”
The Pat Hobby sequence, as Arnold Gingrich writes in his introduction, is Fitzgerald’s “last word from his last home, for much of what he felt about Hollywood and about himself permeated these stories.”

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Anonymous says:

More from the Master Fitzgerald is an author that does not need much introduction. Though most are familiar with his novels and his short stories from the Jazz Age, many do not know about his final years living in relative obscurity in Hollywood, where he took screen writing gigs due to his financial failure. Though only in his early forties, he had aged well past his years from the stress of making ends meet and trying to support Zelda, who at this point resided in an hospital in North Carolina due to emotional…

Anonymous says:

I am writing this review to warn people against buying … I am writing this review to warn people against buying this version of the book. Amazon has developed this truly deplorable practice of transcribing the e-book version of out of copyright works and placing them into giant, cheaply made books of about 50 pages. What a crock.

Anonymous says:

A Masterpiece of Its Own Kind… I love THE GREAT GATSBY and have read that and THIS SIDE OF PARADISE over two dozen times each. Both are masterpieces, but so are THE PAT HOBBY STORIES. The wit and satire, over 70 years later, are still fresh and perhaps more relevant than ever. Pat Hobby is a washed-out alcoholic screenwriter whose best days were before the “talkies.” These stories will thrill and surprise you and make you laugh out loud. SOMEBODY needs to adapt this for a modern film. I’d love to do it, but I don’t…

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