FITZGERALD, F. SCOTT & ZELDA FITZGERALD
Title Original Typed and Printed Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Document Signed by F. Scott Fitzgerald Regarding Several Stories, Articles, and Plays and Fitzgerald's Wife Zelda Fitzgerald
Publisher Culver City, CA Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer July 19, 1937
Seller ID 22339E
Original Typed and Printed Document Signed by the Author, F. Scott Fitzgerald. A 2 page “Inter-Office Communication” between Fitzgerald and director / producer Edwin H. Knopf of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (brother of publisher Alfred A. Knopf) dated July 19, 1937, in which Fitzgerald negotiates for time off in order to spend more time with his wife Zelda. He writes in part: “Dear Eddie, A sight of me is Zelda's (my wife's) life line, as the doctor told me before I left. And I'm afraid the little flying trips would just be for emergencies. I hate to ask for time off. I've always enjoyed being a hard worker, and you'll find that when I don't work through a Saturday afternoon, it's because there's not a thing to do. So just in case you blew off your head, (as David Belasco so tactfully put it), I'd like to put the six weeks a year, one every two months, into the contract. It will include everything such as the work left over from outside, as indicated below.” He goes on to list various stories “sold but not yet published”, work “unsold but in the possession of my Agent in June, 1937”, a play “in possession”, and a few stories “to write sometime during the next two years”. He concludes with: “So the total time I should ask for over two years would be twelve weeks to write these things while near my wife. It could be allotted as two weeks apiece for the stories, a week apiece for the articles, three weeks for finishing Act III of the play. Though, if convenient, I shall in practice, use the weeks singly. Sincerely, Scott Fitzgerald”. At the time of this document Zelda had been spending time in and out of various sanatoriums and the Fitzgerald's marriage was stressed to the extreme. The document has punch holes at the top edge, minor creases from folding, and a few small edge tears. In the later part of his life, F. Scott Fitzgerald found work in Hollywood in the 30s, developing commercial short stories, and writing scripts for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. His fifth and final novel, The Love of the Last Tycoon, published after his death in 1940 as The Last Tycoon, is a story based on the life of film executive Irving Thalberg. Zelda Fitzgerald died on March 10, 1948 in Asheville, NC, preceded by her husband who died on December 21, 1940 in Hollywood, CA.