F Scott Fitzgerald has been one of the most recognizable authors out there today. Many people admire his work, but he’s hard to catch and follow due to his busy schedule and personal lifestyle being an alcoholic. On the 19th of November 1925 I was given a chance to meet up with F. Scott Fitzgerald, to discuss about the eminent novel written by him “The Great Gatsby” at his house in Los Angeles. The books about a poor turned wealthy man, Gatsby and his attempt on getting his past lover back. What you’re about to read is one of the first few interviews ever with Mr. Fitzgerald in person. Below is the transcript of that interview.
Andy Swenson: Good evening Mr. Fitzgerald thank you for letting me in, how are you doing?
F Scott Fitzgerald: I’m good, thank you and welcome to my lovely house
Andy Swenson: Alright, how long does it take for you to write your book?
F Scott Fitzgerald: Well it depends, for “The Great Gatsby” it took me around 4 months, the concept of the book crawled into my mind on the very last day of March.
Andy Swenson: What does it take to become a writer like you and what does it feel like?
F Scott Fitzgerald: A writer like me? I would say confidence and intuitive ideas. There’s a couple ups and downs for me but generally it was very mystical, I feel like I’m in my very own world that I created with my own thoughts.
Andy Swenson: What was the purpose of this book? And what inspired you to write this book?
F Scott Fitzgerald: First of all, I want to write something extraordinary and beautiful and simple and intricately patterned. It’s also my own personal life, my life during the Jazz Age. My life wasn’t going very well during the period of time, I was drunk all the time, I frequently fight with Zelda and party every single day. Zelda was also one of the inspiration of the relationships in the book. The purpose of this book was to explore the new age, there’s also frivolity of life and of course money is not everything.
Andy Swenson: Well that brings me to the next question, what do you mean by the quote “I want to write something extraordinary and beautiful and simple and intricately patterned”?
F Scott Fitzgerald: The first thing that came to mind was I’m going to write something unique this time, something that is revolutionary for the time. What’s unique about “The Great Gatsby” is it’s modified first person narrative technique. It’s different from the ordinary first person narrative because the narrator tells what the other character has told him, which is limited in a typical first person narrative technique.
Andy Swenson: Yes, I totally agree with that statement I find the book very fascinating. For you personally what is this book to you, can you please describe it?
F Scott Fitzgerald: To me “The Great Gatsby” is a story with multiple layers with a nonlinear order where events are told in a random order. There’s also astonishing characters in the novel where each of them individually have...