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