Author(s): Sheilah Graham
In 1937, on the night of her engagement to the Marquess of Donegall, Sheilah Graham met F. Scott Fitzgerald at a party in Hollywood. Graham, a British-born journalist, broke off her engagement and the two writers lived the fervid, sometimes violent affair that is memorialised here with unprecedented intimacy. Graham kept her demons secret - she believed herself to be 'a fascinating fake.' Most poignantly, she keenly felt her lack of education. Fitzgerald became her passionate tutor, guiding her through a curriculum of his own design.
"The story of a sad and splendid love." " --Chicago Tribune"
"It's a fascinating (and almost forgotten) book." --James L. W. West III, general editor of T"he Cambridge Edition of the Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald"
Born Lily Sheil in 1904, the daughter of Jewish Ukranian immigrants, SHEILAH GRAHAM was raised in a London orphanage. She emigrated to New York in 1933 and to Hollywood two years later. In 1964, "Time" magazine reported that Graham had "deposed Hopper and Parsons as doyenne of the Hollywood columnists.'' She had her own radio and television programs and wrote several books. In 1959, "Beloved Infidel," a bestselling memoir of her affair with F. Scott Fitzgerald, became a film starring Gregory Peck and Deborah Kerr. Graham died in 1988.