Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1896, F. Scott Fitzgerald attended Princeton University, joined the army during World War I, and in 1920 married Zelda Sayre and published his first novel, This Side of Paradise. His books include The Beautiful and Damned and Tender Is the Night. He died at the age of forty-four while working on The Last Tycoon. New Directions also publishes Fitzgerald's The Crack-Up and On Booze. David J. Alworth is John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities at Harvard, where he teaches in the Department of English, the Program in History and Literature, and the Program in American Studies. He also codirects Novel Theory Across the Disciplines, a seminar at Mahindra Humanities Center. He has published Site Reading: Fiction, Art, Social Form (2016) and The Look of the Book: Jackets, Covers, and Art at the Edges of Literature, with designer Peter Mendelsund (2020). Alworth's essays and articles have appeared in American Literary History, New Literary History, ELH, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and Public Books.