Saturday, October 20, 2007

USC's Thomas Cooper Library opens exhibit on F. Scott Fitzgerald and Hollywood

Library opens exhibit on F. Scott Fitzgerald and Hollywood

A new exhibit that details writer F. Scott Fitzgerald’s endeavors in the movies and the motion picture industry is on display at the University of South Carolina’s Thomas Cooper Library through Dec. 31.

The exhibit, “Fitzgerald and Hollywood,” draws from two university collections: the Matthew J. and Arlyn Bruccoli Collection of F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Warner Bros./Turner Entertainment F. Scott Fitzgerald Screenplay Collection.

The exhibit is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Visitors also can view an exhibit about Scottie Fitzgerald, daughter of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, on display in the mezzanine’s Graniteville Room.

Throughout his career, Fitzgerald was involved in movies. In the early 1920s, Fitzgerald earned a significant portion of his income from silent movies made from his short stories. In the latter part of the decade, and again in the early 1930s, he traveled to Hollywood to explore additional opportunities. In 1937, Fitzgerald moved to Hollywood to work as a screenwriter for MGM. His last novel, the unfinished “The Last Tycoon,” is centered on a Hollywood producer. Fitzgerald died in 1940.

“Fitzgerald and Hollywood” focuses on Fitzgerald as a writer and screenwriter, rather than on Hollywood itself or the celebrity culture that burgeoned between the two world wars.

Arranged chronologically, cases in the exhibit allow visitors to follow Fitzgerald’s Hollywood interests. Visitors to the exhibit will explore topics that include the following:

• Fitzgerald’s early responses to the movie phenomenon; • his experience with the movie industry and his treatment of movies in his fiction and in the 1920s and 1930s; • his major screenwriting work in 1937 - 39; • the posthumous publication of his final novel; and • the role of movies in the Fitzgerald revival after World War II.

The Matthew J. and Arlyn Bruccoli Collection of F. Scott Fitzgerald, acquired by Thomas Cooper Library in 1994, is the most comprehensive research collection on Fitzgerald in the world. In 2004, the university enriched its Fitzgerald holdings with The Warner Bros./Turner Entertainment F. Scott Fitzgerald Screenplay Collection, which was purchased by the university’s Educational Foundation. Much of the material on Fitzgerald’s work as a screenwriter comes from this collection.

Additional information about the collections is available through the library’s department of rare books and special collections Web site: www.sc.edu/library/spcoll/fitzgerald/intro.html. For further inquiries, call 803-777-8154.

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