Quotation by Matthew Bruccoli

There is a reportorial quality in Hemingway's work that is absent from Fitzgerald's fiction. Hemingway's technique—in his early work, at least—was to let the observed detail convey emotion with no authorial analysis. Fitzgerald was more concerned with evoking and analyzing the feeling of an experience than with recording detail. As he advised his daughter, "But when in a freak moment you will want to give the low-down, not the scandal, not the merely reported but the profound essence of what happened at a prom or after it, perhaps that honesty will come to you—and then you will understand how it is possible to make even a forlorn Laplander feel the importance of a trip to Cartier's!"
Matthew Bruccoli (b. 1931), U.S. biographer, critic, educator. Scott and Ernest: The Authority of Failure and the Authority of Success, ch. 6, Random House (1978).
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