When Hemingway first met F. Scott Fitzgerald in Paris in the spring of 1925, Fitzgerald had just published The Great Gatsby, and was at the height of his reputation as one of America's leading young writers. Even before they began to talk, Fitzgerald was prepared to like Hemingway, for he had seen in our time and admired it greatly. On the strength of that volume, he had, in fact, recommended its author "as the real thing" to his own editor, Max Perkins, at Charles Scribner's Sons, and thanks partly to his urging, the prestigious Scribner's finally took Hemingway on as one of its writers in 1926.
F. Scott Fitzgerald 1896-1940
David Silvette (1909-1992) / Oil on canvas, 1935
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.