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The Collected Short Stories

4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  10,786 ratings  ·  227 reviews
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
582 pages
Published 1986 by Penguin (first published 1922)
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Everybody thinks Fitzgerald = Gatsby, but his real talent lies in short fiction. I will glove slap anyone who doesn't think that "Babylon Revisited" is the perfect short story. I'd even go so far as to say it's the best thing ever written. Yeah, I said it. Gatsby has nothing on Babylon.

With few exceptions, the pieces in this collection (it's not exhaustive, but it's still pretty robust) range from "charming" to "fucking incredible." Plus it's edited by Matthew Bruccoli, who is THE MAN on all thi
Jun 14, 2008 Christian rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like Fitzgerald's novels, but especially people who don't like Fitzgerald's novels
So different from Gatsby and This Side of Paradise, but exceedingly clever and often funny. Of course, this is where Fitzgerald made his money, so the stories tend to lean more toward entertainment than does his "serious" work. There's even a film based on "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. If kids were forced to read that and "The Diamond as Big as the Ritz", perhaps more people would be Fitzgerald fans. Or perhaps not.

So as I continue to read, more and
Anna Tatelman
There are times when Fitzgerald can quite literally make me gasp, sigh, laugh, become teary-eyed, or even place a hand over my heart as I am reading; he is just one of those authors with the beautiful ability to transcend the page and put the story's very breath right into me. Then there are times when I just could not care less about yet another flapper girl, emotionally desolate American, broken dream, etc, etc. There are stories in here that are pure beauty, there are those that are mediocre, ...more
My friend recommended this book, and I really wanted to like it. While Fitzgerald's pedigree cannot be debated, this anthology is a good example of drinking from a fire hose. How many stories of Ivy League socialites or bored Southern heiresses does one need? For me the answer is about 300 pages fewer than the 750 contained in this volume.
Skip around and skim - there's plenty to enjoy here, but no need to take in everything. Special mention must be made of "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,"
fitzgerald is my favorite short story author of all time. he is one of the few writers (including even the great flannery, herself) that can hold my attention throughout an entire book of short stories. most authors seem to delve into formulaic patterns of how they write stories. fitzgerald stand firm, funny, witty, a little sad round the edges, attempting to keep the sparkle in the eyes, knowing that the lights gone out...
I love them all. I reread them for the lyricsm of his writing. I'm reminded of the scene in Good Will Hunting when Will is describing how he cannot play the piano (it's a bunch of keys), but that he can see a math equation and it makes sense. Words made sense to Fitzgerald like no one before or after.
We all know I’m giving this as many stars as I can possibly give, so let’s just go ahead and take care of that right now. A constellation and a galaxy of Gatsby’s silver-peppered stars.

Also, in case you’re wondering, “The Ice Palace” and “The Offshore Pirate” are two of my favorite stories of all time.
I read the short stories for a class in college when I was an English major. The stories that are "The Gatsby Cluster" are really my favorites because I really liked The Great Gatsby so much. The short stories really show the genius that was F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Over 30 of his best, favorite, and most telling short stories; quote by F. Scott: "My whole theory of writing I can sum up in one sentence. An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmasters of ever afterward." My favorites of these stories: "Head and Shoulders" for it's irony and certain parallels in my own life; "The Offshore Pirate" just because it was entertaining; "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" due to the perspective if sheds ...more
Loved this collection. I am a huge fan of The Great Gatsby but haven't read anything else's of Fitzgerald's until now. I usually have a hard time reading an entire collection of a writer's work, and though this took me awhile, it was more because of the length than the content. I impressed but he breadth of situations Fitzgerald covered, from childhood to teenage years, relationships, engagements, and marriage, personal issues like alcoholism, and even a bit of fantasy (The Diamond as Big as the ...more
Lizzie Mooney
The only other book of short stories I have ever read had been "Barrel Fever" by David Sedaris, and having also read "Gatsby", I expected this to be very different. I was right. My two favorite stories had to be The Offshore Pirate and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, (ironically the first and last stories in the book.) The Offshore Pirate was about Ardita, a young, spunky woman who found herself being swept away by an unlikely pirate. Benjamin Button was the story of a man who aged backward ...more
Somewhat uneven, but the good ones are dang good. "Bernice Bobs Her Hair," "The Ice Palace," and "The Swimmers" were my favorites.
Hayden Trenholm
Although Fitzgerald is best remembered for his novels, particularly The Great Gatsby, a perenniel of high school curriculae, he was like his sometime friend, Ernest Hemingway, a master of the short story. Perhaps because he wasn't burdened with the need to write the great American novel, he let his sense of whimsy, play and pathos have full play. "Bernice Bobs her Hair" and the "Diamond as Big as the Ritz" were particularly memorable and both captured the exurbance and hope, not to mention the f ...more
Fitzgerald is one of the best writers that America has ever produced. His story "May Day" is a masterpiece.

Fitzgerald writes sentences that make you go back and read them again just to taste them again. His stories are multi-layered, addressing, for example, a single day or night as experienced simultaneously by people in very different circumstances and socioeconomic classes. His subject often is social status in America as determined by economic status.

Fitzgerald, it can be said, was fascina
Kirk Weikart
Do yourself a favor and read short stories, especially old serials by the masters. I was intrigued by The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, but was delighted to find that there were many more of that quality and higher in FSF's arsenal.
this book kept close, on my library shelf is one I grab every time I need a bit of cheering up. The early stories are my favorite as I've always been interested in the 20's and Fitzgerald seems to tell it all. Makes my day.
Jun 30, 2009 Val is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I did not know that FSF wrote The Curious Case of Benjamin Button or that it was even a short story. Interesting, but I can't imagine a full length movie of it.
Apr 25, 2008 Matt is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Been reading this book for like a month and a half but thats why I like short story collections--you can take some time off and not forget everything that has happened.
Carrie M.
Highly recommend it to all of you who search for a view of US culture from the inside.
"Now if this were a moving picture (as, of course, I hope it will some day be) I would take as many thousand feet of her as I was allowed- then I would move the camera up close and show the yellow down on the back of her neck where her hair stopped and the warm color of her cheeks and arms, because I like to think of her sleeping there, as you yourself might have slept, back in your young days."
-"Dice, Brassknuckles and Guitar"

I didn't expect to like these stories, mainly because I didn't like T
I only read three this time around. The stories are solid as steel - one long rail of hard, perfect fiction. Smooth, clean, buckle-shined. It doesn't come off as worn, and while some elements feel a bit anachronistic, the writing remains sharp and fresh throughout.

I imagine the Saturday Evening Post was like television in twenties, a writer's contribution being met like the latest episode of some widely regarded show. In short stories, sometimes it feels like pieces are missing or strained, and
First of all, I really appreciated Bruccoli's collection. The introduction is personable and informative and the small explanations before each story help to place the writer within his context.

Some might say that so many stories might become drab. How much rich whining and "poor in spirit" can one take? I think this is something we take for granted now. Then, before and after the Crash and The Great Depression, when the national identity and arrogance was wrapped up in the frivolity of day-to-d
I find that short stories make good bedtime reading; and this collection of short stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald contains the best of his short writing. He may be known now for his novels, but in his own time he was known as a short story writer who sometimes wrote novels. I very much enjoyed reading these stories, which are not all about rich boys and jaded flappers.

Among the stories in this collection are “Bernice Bobs her Hair”, “The Offshore Pirate”, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (a
I personally lurrrve Fitzgerald. I've read each of his novels and thoroughly enjoyed each one. I do think this collection is fascinating. But I don't know anyone else who would like it as much; it's probably only for someone who is a hardcore Fitzgerald fan, or, someone who is looking for a thesis topic or dissertation chapter! He wrote over 160 short stories and I think it's a shame he gets rather short shrift (short of "Babylon Revisited") as a short story writer. What I find really amazing ab ...more
F. Scott Fitzgerald was perhaps better known in his lifetime as a short-story writer than as a novelist, with his variety of tales of the jazz era that would grace the Saturday Evening Post in the 1920's and '30's. Of course, his best-known fiction is his portrayal of the dark-side of the Jazz Age in his seminal work The Great Gatsby, which was less popular than his other fiction during his short life. But his short stories are gems in their own right, and one tale worth admiring is "A Diamond a ...more
Jun 13, 2008 Annalisa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: short story lovers
Recommended to Annalisa by: Melanie
I loved The Great Gatsby in high school so much that when I noticed this book sitting on a friend's shelf my freshman year I had to borrow it. It was the perfect companion for my bus rides as I engulfed my mind into these timeless stories. Sometimes you read short stories from decades ago and they're dated so they don't apply today. But these stories give you a colorful view of Fitzgerald's roaring twenties with imaginative stories like Bernice Bobs Her Hair or The Curious Case of Benjamin Butto ...more
I've spent the last three weeks in the 20's and 30's with F. Scott Fitzgerald. I'd read some of this short stories before, like "Bernice Bobs Her Hair", but this is the first time I have read so many of them. And after reading them in bulk, I can definitively say that Fitzgerald had a thing for 19-year-0ld blondes. Most of the women in his stories (other than the random mother or matron) is a blonde beauty between the ages of 17 and 21.
The stories in this collection are presented chronologicall
It's interesting to me that Fitzgerald wrote so much about love, but he wrote even more about suffering, and fools, and greed. I used to think of him as the ultimate romantic. But now I think of other things - drunk, scared, horny, insane.

That's what these stories are. They're stories about greedy, selfish, insane people that are in love. Most of them are tragic, which I guess is fitting, since he was a tragic person in everything, and love is the most tragic of anything.

I like his prose, I ha
Dec 25, 2008 Emily rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Michael
I just picked this up to read "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," but I'm glad I waited until after seeing the movie to read the 20 or so pages that were expounded upon for the film. Although I found the movie to be mildly cheesy and inconsistent with its themes, I'm sticking by my former opinion of Fitzgerald. That is: not impressed. Sorry to all of you Gatsby fans, but his language is tepid and his characters are unidentifiable. It was the same with "Benjamin." The contrast between the movi ...more
David Fleming
This collections of the short stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald really blew me away specifically with respect to the quality and poetry of the language employed. His use of prose rhythem, alliteration, assonance, circumlocution and economy is almost mathmatic in its complexities. Combine that with his range of style, mood and subject matter and you've got yourself some heavy yet accessible short stories.

I especially enjoyed "A Diamond as Big as the Ritz" and the descriptions of lost love and his e
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Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was an American writer of novels and short stories, whose works have been seen as evocative of the Jazz Age, a term he himself allegedly coined. He is regarded as one of the greatest twentieth century writers. Fitzgerald was of the self-styled "Lost Generation," Americans born in the 1890s who came of age during World War I. He finished four novels, left a fifth unfini ...more
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