by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Winter Dreams Resources
This organization holds an annual conference in really cool places around the world. If you have something you desperately want to say about "Winter Dreams," here's your chance.
In the words of USC, "The dominant inspirations on F. Scott Fitzgerald were aspiration, literature, Princeton, Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, and alcohol." Interesting list.
PBS made a documentary about Fitzgerald (and his many life tragedies) called Winter Dreams. This website has some amazing additional footage not seen in the documentary; it also includes commentary from author E.L. Doctorow on the influence of Fitzgerald's work. Jackpot!
Movie or TV Productions
Get excited. Remember how we mentioned that "Winter Dreams" is like a draft version of Fitzgerald's famous novel The Great Gatsby? Well, "Winter Dreams" has never been made into a film in its own right, but The Great Gatsby has, several times. The latest remake, premiering some time in 2012 and directed by Baz Luhrmann (of Strictly Ballroom, Moulin Rouge, and Romeo + Juliet fame), will star Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan. Yes, please.
Here's a TV movie we have, frankly, never heard of. But it stars Paul Rudd, so we'll give it a pass.
This version of Fitzgerald's novel (which is, again, based on "Winter Dreams") was written by Francis Ford Coppola (of Apocalypse Now and The Godfather) and stars Mia Farrow and Robert Redford. It's not that great, in our humble opinions, but here it is anyway.
Fitzgerald's alma mater, Princeton University, now owns all of his collected letters and manuscripts. You can check out a list of what they have (and it's a lot) at the Princeton library site.
Check out this interview, first published in 1936. And now we get to see it on the Internet. Geez.
Check out what one of America's favorite newspapers had to say about one of America's favorite author when he died.
This PBS documentary of F. Scott Fitzgerald's life really tugs at our heartstrings.
Another documentary (F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great American Dreamer) that catalogues the overlap between Fitzgerald's life and the characters and themes in his fiction.
Listen as F. Scott does his interpretation of a passage from Othello and some other famous pieces of literature.
Fitzgerald was known for his handsomeness. But how about that center part in his hair? Yikes.
When will someone do a charcoal drawing of Shmoop?
We have to say, he really pulls this off. This is Fitzgerald in 1916 (when he was 20) posing in drag to publicize a Princeton Triangle Club musical.