Scott Donaldson


"probing, illuminating, and exciting"

Hemingway vs. Fitzgerald: The Rise and Fall of a Literary Friendship

"Intelligent, thoughtful stuff....Donaldson writes familiarly, almost casually-- he knows what he's working with, and he knows enough to put it together in new ways. Makes you feel at times as if you wee hearing the conversations first-hand and peering over various shoulders...a riveting story."
Charity Vogel, Buffalo Evening News

"Donaldson distills a lifetime of research to tell the story of Scott and Ernest, whose lives and times defined modern American writing. Told with style, grace, and clarity, Hemingway vs. Fitzgerald is a model for what compelling biography should accomplish."
--Michael Reynolds, author of a five-volume biography of Hemingway

"Scott Donaldson probably knows more than anyone alive about Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, and in this bookhe has written an absorbing and perceptive account of their literary friendship. 'Ernest speaks with thr authority of success, ' said Fitzgerald, 'I speak with the authority of failure'; Donaldson shows why that statement was so true, and so horribly poignant. Drawing on the author's deep, almost personal familiarity with the details of their lives and characters, Hemingway vs. Fitzgerald finally sets the record straight betewen these two literary giants."
--Amanda Vaill, author of Everybody Was So Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy and Hotel Florida

"It is a ritual story about society, fame, rivalry, jealousy, and the war to win at art. Donaldson tells it vividly."
--Malcolm Bradbury, The Literary Review

Selected Works

Biographies
"A captivating and intimate glimpse of the challenges and rewards of writing lives of novelists and poets."
--Publishers Weekly
Donaldson brings "to the narrative of Fenton's life and career the same effective blend of indefatigable archival skills and the gift of telling a compelling story in an engaging manner that he has displayed in his earlier work."
-Jackson R. Bryer, Hopkins Review
With this book "Donaldson continues to show himself as a beacon in American literary scholarship, a major voice with an awareness of the interconnectedness between biography and criticism."
-Joseph Fruscione, American Literary Scholarship 2009
"For too long Edwin Arlington Robinson has been consigned to the ranks of peripheral poets. Scott Donaldson -- a gifted biographer -- has brought this remarkable man and his poetry vividly to life."
--Jay Parini, poet/novelist/biographer
"...fresh, risky, talky, bold, and ultimately brilliant. We close [the book] deeply satisfied that we’ve read all there is to know about the men."
--Denise Gess, Raleigh News and Observer
"John Cheever: A Biography is clearly an indispensable book."
--Dan Cryer, Newsday
"A stunning portrait...full of intriguing insights."
--Publishers Weekly
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"An often illuminating and constantly fascinating mosaic of Ernest Hemingway's mind and personality."
--New York Times Book Review