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Statement on F. Scott Fitzgerald. In F. Scott Fitzgerald: 24 September 1996 Centenary Celebration, edited by Matthew J. Bruccoli, 34. Columbia, S.C.: Thomas Cooper Library, University of South Carolina, 24 September. Mailer and 26 other writers, including Margaret Atwood, Vance Bourjaily, Don DeLillo, James Dickey, Annie Dillard, William Maxwell, Budd Schulberg and Tony Tanner contributed statements on the man and the work in this tribute, limited to 750 softcover presentation copies. Mailer’s full statement:

What would any of us have been without Fitzgerald? A little less, for certain. Literary pleasures of the most special sort would have been withheld, and some of his errors in life, God bless him, would soon have been ours.