In an article for The Guardian, David Thomson writes about how F.S. Fitzgerald (Francis Scott Fitzgerald) was able to capture Hollywood, the city of Dreams. Although Fitzgerald's novel about Hollywood was left unfinished upon his death, Thomson writes that "The Last Tycoon is alive with his fond insight, his admiration for people like Thalberg (trying to run the very complicated show), and his intuition that Hollywood was reshaping America." Read more about Fitzgerald:
How did F. Scott capture the magic (and dreams) of Hollywood?
Raymond Chandler wrote about F. Scott Fitzgerald: "He had one of the rarest qualities in all literature, and it's a great shame that the word for it has been thoroughly debased by the cosmetic racketeers, so that one is almost ashamed to use it to describe a real distinction. Nevertheless, the word is charm--charm as Keats would have used it. Who has it today? It's not a matter of pretty writing or clear style. It's a kind of subdued magic, controlled and exquisite, the sort of thing you get from good string quartettes."