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Novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, published in 1941. Left unrevised and incomplete at the author's death, it was edited for publication by Edmund Wilson.

Cecilia Brady, the daughter of a great motion-picture producer, reminisces about events that began five years earlier when she was an undergraduate at Bennington College, starting with a flight home to Hollywood on a plane whose other passengers include Wylie White, a script writer down on his luck, Manny Schwartz, once an influential film producer, and Monroe Stahr, another producer, and a partner of Cecilia's father, Pat Brady. Cecilia becomes much attracted to Stahr, but he is caught up in an affair with an English woman. When the woman marries her fiancé, Stahr turns to Cecilia at the very time that he has a falling out with her father and each of the partners conceives the idea of murdering the other. On the way to New York to establish an alibi, Stahr repents and decides to revoke his orders that will result in Brady's death, but his plane crashes before he can carry out his new plans, and Cecilia is deprived of both her father and the man she loves.

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F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896—1940) American novelist


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