The New York Times obituary recounts Schulberg’s early days as a screenwriter and his struggles after being blacklisted as a Communist. Following a strange experience working on a script with the great novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald, Schulberg wrote the novel “The Disenchanted.”
The article has a wonderful quote about those heady days: “‘I said, ‘Who’s the writer?’ He said, ‘F. Scott Fitzgerald.’ … ‘I thought it was just a joke, like saying ‘Leo Tolstoy,” Mr. Schulberg recalled. ‘And I said, ‘Scott Fitzgerald — isn’t he dead?’ And he said, ‘No, he’s not dead, he’s right in the next room reading your script.’”
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