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Preview — The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald: A New Collection
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...more
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 ...more
So as I continue to read, more and ...more
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," ...more
Also, in case you’re wondering, “The Ice Palace” and “The Offshore Pirate” are two of my favorite stories of all time.
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 ...more
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."
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 ...more
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 ...more
-"Dice, Brassknuckles and Guitar"
I didn't expect to like these stories, mainly because I didn't like T ...more
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 ...more
Among the stories in this collection are “Bernice Bobs her Hair”, “The Offshore Pirate”, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (a ...more