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#680 - F. Scott Fitzgerald Autograph Letter Signed Estimate: $7,500+

"Still intend to bluff out of lease if humanly possible. In any case can't work there possibly with that music"—fleeing Baltimore for North Carolina, Fitzgerald prepares to write 'The Crack-Up'

Significant ALS in pencil, signed “Fitzgerald,” one page, 8.5 x 13, circa November 1935. Letter to his longtime secretary Isabel Owens, written from Hendersonville, North Carolina. In full: "Gradually feeling better but no plans at this moment. Here is $50 to carry on with. Scotty is with the M. B. Flinns in Tryon & well taken care of for four or five days anyhow. You will get a wire from Wilmington or word from a lawyer in Balt. relative to apartment squabble. Still intend to bluff out of lease if humanly possible. In any case can't work there possibly with that music. Send me what ms. you have when you have a real address, also any news. More later." He adds a postscript, "Have sent 1st National that stock cert with instructions to sell. Find out what they realized on it." In fine condition, with a few small stains.

During this period, Fitzgerald had vacated his Baltimore apartment—bothered by incessant piano playing next door—and fled to seclusion in North Carolina. Tormented and concerned with his failure to live up to his own expectations with his writing, and struggling financially, he took up a brief residence at Hendersonville's Skyland Hotel, where he wrote 'The Crack-Up.' According to Fitzgerald scholar Matthew J. Bruccoli, the stock sale referenced in the postscript was necessitated by Fitzgerald's need for cash. A fantastic letter from a crucial period of Fitzgerald's life.

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