October 3, 2017

Noted Biographer A. Scott Berg and author and editor Anne Margaret Daniel discuss the legacy of F. Scott Fitzgerald

Part of A Festival of the Arts celebrating the opening of the new Lewis Center for the Arts complex

event poster with booksPrinceton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts presents F. Scott Fitzgerald: New in Bookstores & Now Playing, a discussion of recent work in print and on screen showcasing the legacy of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Princeton Class of 1917, with noted biographer and Princeton alumnus A. Scott Berg ’71 and author and editor Anne Margaret Daniel *99, who received her Ph.D. from Princeton. The talk is on October 6 at 4:30 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street and is free and open to the public. The event is presented as part of A Festival of the Arts at Princeton University to celebrate the opening of the new Lewis Center for the Arts complex on the Princeton campus, October 5 through 8.

Berg is a consulting producer on the recent Amazon Original Series, The Last Tycoon, an adaptation of Fitzgerald’s final, unfinished novel set in 1930s Hollywood and starring Matt Bomer, Kelsey Grammer, and Rosemarie DeWitt. Daniel is editor of the recently published I’d Die for You and Other Lost Stories. The book is a collection of the last remaining unpublished and uncollected short stories and film scenarios by Fitzgerald, many written during the last decade of his life.

“These stories are predominantly from the middle- and late-1930s. They are not from the Jazz Age but from the Great Depression, and they feel like that,” says Daniel in a recent interview.

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A. Scott Berg, noted biographer and member of Princeton’s Class of 1971. Photo credit: Aloma

Berg is the author of five bestselling biographies: Wilson; Max Perkins: Editor of Genius, winner of the National Book Award; Goldwyn, for which he received a Guggenheim Fellowship; Lindbergh, winner of the Pulitzer Prize; and Kate Remembered, a biographical memoir of Katharine Hepburn.

Daniel teaches literature at the New School University in New York City. Her articles, essays, notes, and reviews, covering topics from Oscar Wilde’s trials to Bob Dylan and contemporary music, have appeared for the past 20 years in books, critical editions, magazines, and journals from The New York Times to Hot Press to The Times Literary Supplement. While a graduate student at Princeton in 1996, she discovered Fitzgerald’s papers housed in Princeton’s Firestone Library Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, which has led to a career devoted to studying his life and works. While at Princeton, she gave the keynote lecture at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Centenary Conference and has subsequently published extensively on his writing and on American Modernism.

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Author and editor Anne Margaret Daniel, who earned her Ph.D. at Princeton. Photo credit: Franco

This talk is one of more than 100 events scheduled for the Festival of the Arts, which celebrates the opening of the new Peter B. Lewis Center for the Arts complex. The Festival, which is open to the public, will feature dozens of concerts, plays, readings, dance performances, art exhibitions, multidisciplinary presentations, film screenings, community workshops, and site-specific events at venues across the campus, most of which are free.

The festival is produced by Mara Isaacs of Octopus Theatricals and presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts and Department of Music at Princeton. For a comprehensive listing of the Festival events as well as a detailed schedule, visit


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