A Short Autobiography
By F. Scott Fitzgerald
Edited by James L. W. West III
(Scribner, $25)

While this delightfully revelatory volume isn’t exactly an autobiography in the traditional sense, it does tell F. Scott Fitzgerald’s life story in his own words, with editor and Fitzgerald scholar James L. W. West III skillfully combining 19 personal essays written by the legendary author of The Great Gatsby. The pieces take readers from Fitzgerald’s early triumphs, when the brashly self-confident young scribe became the literary voice of his 1920s generation, to his later artistic struggles in Hollywood and his untimely death. With West’s capable and careful assistance, Fitzgerald posthumously paints an absorbing self-portrait.