I’ve become addicted lately to the beautiful site Letters of Note – for the slightly voyeuristic glimpses into writers’ lives, their doubts, frustrations and hopes. There’s a beautiful new letter by F. Scott Fitzgerald on Letters of Note today, in which he announces, in a July 1922 letter to his editor, of hoping to ‘write something new — something extraordinary and beautiful and simple & intricately patterned.’

The novel, in its first ever mention, was The Great Gatsby. 

There’s been much attention on Fitzgerald’s most famous work lately, with Baz Luhrmann’s 3D production released in December this year. I must say I (like many others) felt rather dubious about it when it was first announced, but Luhrmann’s descriptions of the use of the medium to find ‘a new intimacy,’ based on techniques used in Alfred Hitchcock’s 3D version of Dial M for Murder give me hope that the film might be extraordinary and beautiful and simple and intricately patterned too.

You can read the full transcript on Letters of Note, but here it is in Fitzgerald’s handwriting.