It is hard to imagine how F. Scott Fitzgerald’s legacy would be different today if not for the loving attention of Matthew J. Bruccoli, who died Wednesday, June 4 of a brain tumor. In the Great Gatsby Treasure Hunt that I adapted from Valerie Arbizu’s work, students are introduced to the wonderful Web site created for Fitzgerald’s centenary celebration, for which Bruccoli was responsible. Of all of the literary scholars I have read, my affinity has always been deepest with Bruccoli because I understood and shared his affection for Fitzgerald. I know I have been deeply grateful for Bruccoli’s contributions to Fitzgerald studies. My understanding of and affection for the author has improved because of Matthew J. Bruccoli.
Read more about Bruccoli’s passion for Fitzgerald and his Fitzgerald collection.