The Short Stories

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Today, F. Scott Fitzgerald is known for his novels, but in his lifetime, his fame stemmed from his prolific achievement as one of America's most gifted (and best-paid) writers of stories and novellas. In The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Matthew J. Bruccoli, the country's premier Fitzgerald scholar and biographer, assembles a sparkling collection that encompasses the full scope of Fitzgerald's short fiction. The forty-three masterpieces range from early stories that capture the fashion of the times to ...

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Overview

Today, F. Scott Fitzgerald is known for his novels, but in his lifetime, his fame stemmed from his prolific achievement as one of America's most gifted (and best-paid) writers of stories and novellas. In The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Matthew J. Bruccoli, the country's premier Fitzgerald scholar and biographer, assembles a sparkling collection that encompasses the full scope of Fitzgerald's short fiction. The forty-three masterpieces range from early stories that capture the fashion of the times to later ones written after the author's fabled crack-up, which are sober reflections on his own youthful excesses. Included are classic novellas, such as "The Rich Boy," "May Day," and "The Diamond as Big as the Ritz," as well as a remarkable body of work he wrote for the Saturday Evening Post and its sister "slicks." These stories can be read as an autobiographical journal of a great writer's career, an experience deepened by the illuminating introductory headnotes that Matthew Bruccoli has written for each story, placing it in its literary and biographical context.
Together, these forty-three stories compose a vivid picture of a lost era, but their brilliance is timeless. As Malcolm Cowley once wrote, "Fitzgerald remains an exemplar and archetype, but not of the 1920s alone; in the end he represents the human spirit in one of its permanent forms." This essential collection is ample testament to that statement, and a monument to the genius of one of the great voices in the history of American literature.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Bruccoli gives [us]...a virtually new and vastly amplified Fitzgerald." — Joseph Coates, Chicago Tribune

"This is a valuable collection, whether one reads the stories to delight in Fitzgerald's style, to conjure up a lost era, to learn more about the career of a great American novelist, or simply to gain insight into the human condition." — Leonard A. Podis, The Cleveland Plain Dealer

"One pleasure of rereading Fitzgerald's stories now is to rediscover just how good some of them in fact are, and how brilliant a handful." — Jay McInerney, The New York Review of Books

"More than enough to re-establish Fitzgerald as a master of the American short story." — Mark Caldwell, The Philadelphia Inquirer

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684842509
  • Publisher: Scribner
  • Publication date: 4/15/1998
  • Series: Scribner Classics Series
  • Edition description: Classic Edition
  • Pages: 800
  • Sales rank: 449,079
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1896, attended Princeton University, and published his first novel, This Side of Paradise, in 1920. That same year he married Zelda Sayre and the couple divided their time among New York, Paris, and the Riviera, becoming a part of the American expatriate circle that included Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, and John Dos Passos. Fitzgerald was a major new literary voice, and his masterpieces include The Beautiful and Damned, The Great Gatsby, and Tender Is the Night. He died of a heart attack in 1940 at the age of forty-four, while working on The Love of the Last Tycoon. For his sharp social insight and breathtaking lyricism, Fitzgerald is known as one of the most important American writers of the twentieth century.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (real name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 24, 1896
    2. Place of Birth:
      St. Paul, Minnesota
    1. Date of Death:
      December 21, 1940

Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword

Preface

Head and Shoulders

Bernice Bobs Her Hair

The Ice Palace

The Offshore Pirate

May Day

The Jelly-Bean

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Diamond as Big as the Ritz

Winter Dreams

Dice, Brassknuckles & Guitar

Absolution

Rags Martin-Jones and the Pr-nce of W-les

"The Sensible Thing"

Love in the Night

The Rich Boy

Jacob's Ladder

A Short Trip Home

The Bowl

The Captured Shadow

Basil and Cleopatra

The Last of the Belles

Majesty

At Your Age

The Swimmers

Two Wrongs

First Blood

Emotional Bankruptcy

The Bridal Party

One Trip Abroad

The Hotel Child

Babylon Revisited

A New Leaf

A Freeze-Out

Six of One —

What a Handsome Pair!

Crazy Sunday

More Than Just a House

Afternoon of an Author

Financing Finnegan

The Lost Decade

"Boil Some Water — Lots of It"

Last Kiss

Dearly Beloved

A Brief Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald

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