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F. Scott Fitzgerald: Too Deep for Tears

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This from a book "Scott Fitzgerald: Crisis in an American Identity" [My comments in brackets]:

The emergence of Fitzgerald as a man of integrity [in the Eric Ericson sense] begins with three essays written while in North Carolina and commonly known under the title"The Crack-Up." There short works, about twenty pages in total length, are fascinating documents written with a casual nakedness, self-mocking humour, and wisdom too deep for tears. Reminiscent of Kierkegaard's 'Sickness Unto Death' and Doestoevski's 'Notes from the Underground,' they present Fitzgerald's open confession of his loss of identity and emotional bankruptcy. "So there was not an 'I' anymore--." he writes, " not a basis on which I could organize my self-respect.--save my limitless capacity for toil that it seemed I possessed no more. It was strange to have no self-- to be like a little boy left alone in a big house, who knew that now he could do anything he wanted to do, but found that there was nothing that he wanted to do---."