Esquire Classic Podcast
Esquire Classic Podcast
PRX and Esquire Magazine
The Crack-Up, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
33 minutes Posted Oct 17, 2016 at 4:19 am.
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In 1936, F. Scott Fitzgerald, then a struggling writer battling depression and alcoholism, published “The Crack-Up,” a radical series of essays in Esquire about his mental breakdown. Celebrated poet and memoirist Nick Flynn discusses with host David Brancaccio Fitzgerald’s mindset at the time, the ridicule he faced from friends like Ernest Hemingway, and how his essays set off a genre of confessional writing that persists and thrives today.