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Amazon's historical drama 'The Last Tycoon' looks beautiful but offers modest pleasures

Amazon's historical drama 'The Last Tycoon' looks beautiful but offers modest pleasures

F. Scott Fitzgerald's unfinished, posthumously published, might-have-been-a-masterpiece novel "The Last Tycoon" has become a TV series, premiering Friday on Amazon. It’s the studio’s second work of Fitzgeraldiana this year, after the fine Scott-and-Zelda bio-series “Z: The Beginning of Everything,” make of that what you will.

As edited for publication in 1941 by Edmund Wilson, Fitzgerald's tale of art and commerce, professional jealousy and love lost and found and lost comprises six draft chapters, a prospective synopsis of the back half of the novel and sundry notes, including the quote for which the novelist is perhaps most famous: "There are no second acts in...

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