The rewarding aspect was reading about the creative personalities, even though Hemingway’s intention was to show most of them in the worst possible light. His portrayal of Fitzgerald as a basket case is cruelly funny. There is unintentional humor in his self portrait as heroic, impoverished artist—the stuff about going hungry is pure fiction. This wouldn’t have enhanced his literary reputation, but is a pretty interesting record of the times.

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