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The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald: A New Collection

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Today F. Scott Fitzgerald is better known for his novels, but in his own time, his fame rested squarely on his prolific achievement as one of America's most gifted writers of stories and novellas. Now, a half-century after the author's death, the premier Fitzgerald scholar and biographer, Matthew J. Bruccoli, has assembled in one volume the full scope of Fitzgerald's best

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Hardcover, 775 pages
Published October 1st 1989 by Scribner Book Company (first published 1922)
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Brooke
Apr 25, 2008 Brooke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Christian
Jun 14, 2008 Christian rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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Petya
Feb 22, 2016 Petya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Прочетох разказите на Фитцджералд, които издаде списание "Биограф" - една много малка книжка, за съжаление не виждам това изданние в ГР и поради това избрах по-общо наименование. Книгата ми хареса, пренесе ме с лекота в 30-те години на миналия век, време, чийто дух и особености авторът е уловил и показал по много един лек, ненатрапчив начин, с чувство за тънък хумор. За мен в последно време разказът като жанр е сред любимите. От Фитцджералд бях чела само "Нежна е нощта" преди години и ми беше ос ...more
Anna Tatelman
Aug 14, 2012 Anna Tatelman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Joel
May 12, 2008 Joel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,"
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Lettie
Jul 17, 2007 Lettie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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...
Brian Willis
Apr 13, 2016 Brian Willis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exquisitely written short stories. Some of the very best are like shards of The Great Gatsby but on various topics, and the lesser works? Still masterpieces on how to capture mood and tone and the sharp, jagged underbelly of a beautifully gilded age. Essential both for fans of Fitzgerald and the short story as an art form.
Jamie
Feb 08, 2010 Jamie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
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.
Kristin
May 12, 2008 Kristin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
David Roark
Aug 04, 2015 David Roark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable read... Fitzgerald has a way with words that is unlike anyone else I've read. I stand his work up well with Hemingway's, and of course he has his own post-war flavor and a unique gift for phrasing. I definitely want to check into some of his longer works as well. Some of the stories in the later portion of the book deserve a mention, as I've mentioned others along the way...The Swimmers was cool how the swimming actually became the thing that leveraged the rights to the character' ...more
Ben
May 11, 2011 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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JP
May 18, 2013 JP rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Alison
Jan 27, 2013 Alison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Alor Deng
Dec 28, 2015 Alor Deng rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american
Masterful short-story writer. For me, the greatest American writer ever.
It's little quotes like the ones below that always stun me.

"Dexter stood perfectly still, his mouth slightly ajar. He knew that if he moved forward a step his stare would be in her line of vision- if he moved backward he would lose his full view of her face."

"Well, let it pass, he thought; April is over, April is over. There are all kinds of love in the world, but never the same love twice."
Lizzie Mooney
May 02, 2013 Lizzie Mooney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Tyler
Sep 23, 2014 Tyler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mark
Dec 27, 2014 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Eric
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.
Kirk Weikart
Apr 06, 2014 Kirk Weikart rated it it was amazing
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.
Raul
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.
Val
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.
Matt
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.
Sarah Fortna
Jul 17, 2015 Sarah Fortna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This collection of stories was amazing. Fitzgerald's writing blew me away, to the same degree it did when I read The Great Gatsby: the way he mixes in his stories beautiful poetic prose together with flawless characterization, sharp wit, and profound philosophical insights; he was such a brilliant writer, it unfailingly makes me jealous. These stories are a time-machine trip back to the 1920's,--and who better to take you than F. Scott Fitzgerald, the "voice of the Jazz Age?--but they are so muc ...more
Lisa
He may write one hell of a novel, but Fitzgerald is actually one of my all-time favorite short story writers.
Carolina Morales
Highly recommend it to all of you who search for a view of US culture from the inside.
Matt
Mar 23, 2015 Matt rated it really liked it
This collection is full of great stories. I really like how Bruccoli arranged these chronologically with a bit of a backstory.

There are many highlights ("Head and Shoulders", "The Ice Palace", "The Offshore Pirate", "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button", "The Diamond as Big as the Ritz", "The Sensible Thing", "The Rich Boy", "The Swimmers", "Two Wrongs", "The Hotel Child", "Babylon Revisited", "A Freeze-Out", "Six of One", "The Lost Decade"), but there are a bit too many clunkers in here (parti
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Sarah
"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
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Moody
Jan 26, 2009 Moody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kathryn
Dec 15, 2011 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
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
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