In 1992, when several Fitzgerald scholars were planning the first conference devoted to the author's life and work, we found a half-dozen friends and colleagues of his still alive whom we were able to invite. But the person who knew him best was Frances Kroll Ring, his secretary, friend, and confidante during the last eighteen months of his life. Ring passed away on 18 June 2015. Since her appearance at that first gathering at Hofstra University on Long Island, the International F. Scott Fitzgerald Society has benefited greatly from Frances's continued devotion to the author. She attended many of the Society's conferences, during which she spoke warmly and eloquently about Fitzgerald.

When we traveled to Los Angeles shortly after that first meeting at Hofstra, we called Frances to see if she would welcome a visit. She was very receptive and invited us to her home for a lunch, one of...

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