The Matthew J. & Arlyn Bruccoli Collection of F. Scott Fitzgerald

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American writers on the
F. Scott Fitzgerald MGM archive acquisition

Budd Schulberg, novelist, screenwriter, and Fitzgerald collaborator:"Ever since I heard about the 2,000 pages of F. Scott Fitzgerald's screen-writing material from the MGM Studio files in Culver City, California, I have been excited at the opportunity for Fitzgerald scholars and devoted admirers to gain new insights into the final phase of his distinguished and haunted career.

"Having seen the extensive and richly rewarding Scott Fitzgerald collection that you have installed at the University Library, and knowing you to be the indefatigable and devoted keeper of the Fitzgerald legacy you are, I heartily extend to you all possible support in your endeavor to acquire this newfound treasure in the MGM archives and add it to the wondrous collection of Fitzgeraldiana you have acquired for the Library of the University of South Carolina."

John Jakes, novelist: "The acquisition is important to the teaching and study of Fitzgerald now and for decades to come. Understanding an author's process is fundamental to understanding his finished work, and that's especially true of this ‘Hollywood Period,' much of which is still befogged in rumor and half truth. Seeing how the author worked while he harnessed his genius to the studio system would be invaluable.

"It's no secret that I look on Fitzgerald as the No. 1 American writer of the 20th century. I've held that view ever since ‘The Great Gatsby' was taught in my freshman English class at Northwestern. In graduate school, I made American literature my field of concentration and would have thrilled to the opportunity to study these particular pages."

George Garrett, writer and professor emeritus at the University of Virginia: "What a catch! This is a really huge contribution to the study of American literature and, as well, for the rapidly growing field of film studies. Scholars, critics and students will be using this material for many years to come."

R.H.W. Dillard, novelist, poet and director of the writing program at Hollins College: "What a treasure trove for Fitzgerald scholars, for scholars of American literature, for film scholars and for young writers striving to learn the art and craft of the screenplay!

"To have Fitzgerald's screenplays, in various drafts, finally available for study would shed much-needed light on his approach to screen writing, about which we already know a good deal but nowhere near as much as we will now have the opportunity to know with the actual texts in hand. The opportunity for film scholars and apprentice screen writers to be able, say, to compare Fitzgerald's version of ‘The Women' both to the Clare Boothe Luce play and to the final screenplay credited to Anita Loos and Jane Murfin would be of great value even beyond the opportunity to see Fitzgerald at work. And that is just one example I could offer among many as to the practical value of this collection of manuscripts.

"The possibility that I might actually have the opportunity to see and read and use the manuscripts themselves overwhelms me."

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