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The Pat Hobby Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Pat Hobby Stories (original 1962; edition 1962)

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Title:The Pat Hobby Stories
Authors:F. Scott Fitzgerald
Info:New York : C. Scribner's Sons, c1962.
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Fitzgerald considered these stories comedies but again and again they make me cringe, Hobby’s diminished ability known by everyone but himself, leaving him with a sense of being badly treated and unappreciated. So these stories really centre on failure, delusion and lack of self-awareness as Hobby continually thinks he’s going to get recognition again but fails to. And he hasn’t any redeeming characteristics, in one story (‘A man in the way’), for example, stealing the idea of a starting writer without any sense of wrong-doing. I can see why Fitzgerald considered them comedies in the way that Hobby keeps getting caught up in situations beyond his control, a bit like William in Richmal Crompton’s stories (even the titles match such as ‘Pat Hobby does his bit’), but whereas Crompton’s protagonist is a boy who always ends up better off, Hobby invariably get into deeper water where he is abandoned by Fitzgerald.

I wonder how far Fitzgerald considered himself a Pat Hobby, both alcoholics and struggling although, of course, Fitzgerald deserved everlasting credit for ‘The Great Gatsby’. But like Hobby, Fitzgerald, it seems to me, was showing declining ability in these stories. True, a lot of his magazine stories were knocked out for their income so perhaps it’s unfair to judge these as anything else, but they have a repetitive, rather predictable quality to them. So in ‘Pat Hobby’s Secret’ we once again read of his bitterness at how little he makes a week and we also have a highly predictable ending – the whole story is paper-thin.

And while these stories have the lasting theme of diminishing capabilities and failure, they are set so definitively in a contemporary Hollywood that it’s difficult to get past their time and place, somewhere perhaps esoteric even back in the 1940s. ( )
  evening | Feb 5, 2017 |
"Fitzgerald created this anti-hero out of his own long and painful experience as a scriptwriter. . . . The seventeen stories in this volume are short . . . but they are the work of a master hand. The prose is lean, swift and deadly accurate."

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0684804425, Paperback)

A fascinating study in self-satire that brings to life the Hollywood years of F. Scott Fitzgerald

The setting: Hollywood: the character: Pat Hobby, a down-and-out screenwriter trying to break back into show business, but having better luck getting into bars. Written between 1939 and 1940, when F. Scott Fitzgerald was working for Universal Studios, the seventeen Pat Hobby stories were first published in Esquire magazine and present a bitterly humorous portrait of a once-successful writer who becomes a forgotten hack on a Hollywood lot. "This was not art" Pat Hobby often said, "this was an industry" where whom "you sat with at lunch was more important than what you dictated in your office."

The Pat Hobby sequence, as Arnold Gingrich writes in his introduction, is Fitzgerald's "last word from his last home, for much of what he felt about Hollywood and about himself permeated these stories."

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F. Scott Fitzgerald's collection paints a comic portrait of an artless, insensitive Hollywood writer suffering as the decades leave silent film behind. Hobby keeps himself in a world which doesn't respect its elders, particularly not when they are as lazy and as scheming as Hobby.… (more)

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