College of One

The moving story of how F Scott Fitzgerald washed up, alcoholic and ill dedicated himself to devising a heartfelt course in literature for the woman he loved.In 1937, on the night of her engagement to the Marquess of Donegall, Sheilah Graham met F Scott Fitzgerald at a party in Hollywood Graham, a British born journalist, broke off her engagement, and until Fitzgerald hThe moving story of how F Scott Fitzgerald washed up, alcoholic and ill dedicated himself to devising a heartfelt course in literature for the woman he loved.In 1937, on the night of her engagement to the Marquess of Donegall, Sheilah Graham met F Scott Fitzgerald at a party in Hollywood Graham, a British born journalist, broke off her engagement, and until Fitzgerald had a fatal heart attack in her apartment in 1940, the two writers lived the fervid, sometimes violent affair that is memorialized here with unprecedented intimacy When they met, Fitzgerald s fame had waned He battled crippling alcoholism while writing screenplays to support his daughter and institutionalized wife Graham s star, however, was rising, to the point where she became Hollywood s highest paid, best read gossip columnist But if Fitzgerald had lived out his crack up in public, Graham kept her demons secret such as that she believed herself to be a fascinating fake who pulled the wool over Hollywood s eyes Most poignantly, she keenly felt her lack of education, and Fitzgerald rose to the occasion He became her passionate tutor, guiding her through a curriculum of his own design a college of one Graham loved him the for it, writing the book as a tribute As she explained, An unusual man s ideas on what constituted an education had to be preserved It is a new chapter to add to what is already known about an author who has been microscopically investigated in all the other areas of his life.
College of One The moving story of how F Scott Fitzgerald washed up alcoholic and ill dedicated himself to devising a heartfelt course in literature for the woman he loved In on the night of her engagement to

  • Title: College of One
  • Author: Sheilah Graham
  • ISBN: 9781612192833
  • Page: 335
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “College of One”

    1. The first half of this book is about Sheilah Graham herself, and her own transformation. The second half focuses primarily on her relationship with F. Scott Fitzgerald. If you know this, it might be easier to get through.Sheilah Graham writes like a columnist and not like a novelist. Which is okay, because she was a columnist by trade. However, the book took entirely too long to get to the actual College of One, and when it finally arrived, she only dedicated a sentence or two to each work she r [...]

    2. I had heard about this book and thought it would be interesting to see what F. Scott Fitzgerald considered worthy to be added to an educational reading list. I was originally going to just get it from the library to see the list, but I was somewhat confused as to the structure, so I decided to read the whole thing. There were a couple interesting anecdotes, but overall this book was not very interesting and did not flow well. It felt like there was a lot of filler, not much was explained well, a [...]

    3. It would have been better if it had been written by someone else, a third person. Graham goes out of her way to show just how uneducated she was until Fitzgerald came along, and then she just forgot the whole thing. In the last chapter, I don't care about the accomplishments of her childrenwe have all picked up this book because we wanted a different perspective on Fitzgerald, but it's like he's a secondary or third character in the whole story. I only kept going in hopes that it would evolve in [...]

    4. The relationship between Fitzgerald and Sheilah Graham is an interesting and overlooked part of his biography. It's a shame that he couldn't teach her to be a better writer, but her books are valuable for what they tell us about him.

    5. I knew I wanted to read this book after reading West of Sunset by Stewart O'Nan which is about the last 3 years of F. Scott Fitzgerald's life when he worked in Hollywood as a screen writer and had an affair with Sheilah Graham. West of Sunset, which is a historical novel, was the better book. I found the writing in College of One to be very uneven, especially the section when she discusses the curriculum devised by FSFlots of incomplete sentences. The author's story was interesting, just not wri [...]

    6. I found this little book in a bookshop, and as it mentioned it was about Scott Fitzgerald, it had to come home with me. Sheilah wrote this book many years after Scott Fitzgerald died, and it is the account of how he gave her an education, her very own College of One. When she met him in Hollywood she was largely uneducated, so Scot set out a programme of reading and music for her to follow. Together they would discuss her findings and growing awareness of the literary world, and she credits him [...]

    7. Old stuff, this one. Quaint English, quaint customs in a troubled world. I read Fitzgerald's books in my early twenties, and knew a bit of his alcoholism and of Zalda, but this is new stuff to me - the best part being the actual curriculum he put together - gave me ideas as to what to put on the reading list for my own little Lilly Shiel :-)

    8. I loved this. When they met, Graham was very self-conscious about the holes in her spotty education and FSF took it upon himself to design a reading curriculum just for her which they followed together until his death about two years later. A wonderful testament to the power of reading. the afterword by Graham's daughter is especially poignant.

    9. I really wanted to like this book and learn more about F. Scott in the last years of his life. I was very disappointed. This book is extremely boring and gives little insight to the man behind The College Of One. I gave it 2 stars because it is a very good resources for what to read.

    10. I loved the premise, but the execution was weak. Some of the anecdotes were interesting, but it felt like there was a lot of padding and Graham’s commentary didn’t add a lot of insight. It was interesting to see the list but everything else was not worth the read.

    11. I *like* Graham's writing style. And knowing what books F. Scott Fitzgerald would recommend is fascinating for both social history and for informed perceptions of his writing. Graham's own life story is riveting as well.

    12. Interesting book. Not well written. The author bored bored bored me, however the creation and implementation of the College of One (and FSF's enthusiasm regarding it ) was satisfying in and of itself.

    13. The curriculum is a bit dated and the book has been padded to make it more substantial. It is a rather lightweight book but does offer a glimpse of F. Scott Fitzgerald's last years.

    14. I heard about this from Beloved Infidel. F Scott set out a reading course for Graham to supply school education she never had.

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