"The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function."—F. Scott Fitzgerald
In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Essays From the Edge, Patricia Hampl contends that the Jazz Age novelist’s chronicle of his mental collapse, much derided by his critics, anticipated the rise of autobiographical writing in America.

"The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function."—F. Scott Fitzgerald

In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Essays From the Edge, Patricia Hampl contends that the Jazz Age novelist’s chronicle of his mental collapse, much derided by his critics, anticipated the rise of autobiographical writing in America.