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The Rich Boy --
The Bridal Party --
The Last of the Belles.

Fitzgerald's short story "The Rich Boy" (like his novel The Great Gatsby) utilizes an outside narrator to tell the story of a wealthy protagonist in a sympathetic but still somewhat distanced way. Here the protagonist is Anson Hunter, a well-to-do young New Yorker, who would seem to have the whole world ahea
Paperback, Re-print 2005, 96 pages
Published 2003 by Hesperus Press (first published 1930)
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Out of his collections of short stories, “The Rich Boy” is one of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s best pieces. Today the tale might be called a short novella; it has also been deemed a psychological study of the advantaged. It is the story of a young man born into wealth and how he responds to love, relationships and issues of money and status within his upper-class, 5th Avenue inner-circle.

Fitzgerald begins by depicting rich people almost as if they are a separate race – “they are different,” the narrat
This collection includes three stories - The Rich Boy, The Bridal Party, and The Last of the Belles - as well as a very nice introduction by John Updike, who shares the history of a little spat between Fitzgerald and Hemingway that was apparently instigated by a line in The Rich Boy. This line, which according to Fitzgerald scholar Matthew J. Bruccoli is one of Fitzgerald's "most promiscuously misquoted sentences", is about the rich and reads: “They are different from you and me.” Hemingway, in ...more
Where Gatsby explores the concept of wealth and class from the point of view of the outsider---for no matter how much wealth Gatsby amasses, no matter how lavish his parties, no matter how desired his company, he will never be truly accepted because, as Fitzgerald hammers home in this novella just like he did in Gatsby---the rich are different than we are. Even if they lose their wealth, they are still different. The distinction goes deeper than bank account balances. It is a more existential th ...more
Laura Little
Fitzgerald writes best when he hews close to what he knows: privileged society men whose personal misfortunes stem primarily from misapprehending some key life wisdom. For Gatsby, it was that his Daisy was but a whisper of the past (incidentally, Judy Jones in 'Winter Dreams' serves a similar purpose, although more flesh-and-blood yet with less likability); for Anson of 'The Rich Boy', it was that a woman would, if pushed, marry another rich boy. Fitzgerald's writing here is more observational, ...more
Alex Sarll
Because summer's kiss is fading, and even when you're not a great enthusiast for summer, that always evokes a certain melancholy, I felt the need for some Fitzgerald. But not Tender is the Night, not yet, because once I've read that there are no more novels. And my mammoth selection of his shorts is wonderful, but not really something to slip in one's pocket and read in the twilight by the waterside, or perching in the acid grassland, so finding this slim edition of three stories in the library ...more
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"They are different from you and me."

This is the centerpiece of Fitzgerald's novella. It's a trap. People start comparing themselves to the rich, as "you and me", and naturally, not being rich, we see the negative differences. They are pompous (because we are not). They are spoiled (and we are not). Etcetera. As empirically hypocritical as it is, like any bigotry, it is blinding. There is absolutely nothing unbiased or fair about comparing the rich and the not rich so I doubt we'll ever realize
The Rich Boy is an excellent short story/novella, which has some of the ambience and narrative devices of The Great Gatsby, but is, in some ways, more nuanced and clinical in tone. As with TGG, the story is told by a largely "off screen" narrator, a friend to the rich and famous. He starts the story like an anthropologist studying a foreign tribe, admitting as much in saying that those who are "born rich" really are like a foreign population that you need to study in order to understand. This is ...more
After beginning to study the Great Gatsby I wanted to read more of F. Scott. Fitzgerald's work to get a real idea of how his writing style works and thought that his short stories were the best place to start.
Kevin Schuster
His creation of characters (likable and hated) is a treat in this story. However, I can't remember the ending or the importance of the ending; but the book has a great message about the results of being raised a certain way.
Daniel Feeney
My favorite Fitzgerald
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BOOK 19 is amazing
Wilde Sky
Set in the first part of the twentieth century, these three short stories deal with the recurring themes of money, love, lost opportunities and aging. The best of the three is the 'The Last of the Belles'.

The three stories as a whole are moving and thought provoking - definitely worth reading for anyone approaching middle age (which, when these stories was written, appeared to be considered thirty years old) or wondering about middle age regrets.
The best short story ever! Scott Fitzgerald give us the best! Talks about the story of a rich boy, but it's completely different as we asume it gonna be. I loved Anson and how Scott show the human character, the force of the affections, amazing
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Three fairly similar themes to these three stories - presumably linked together in this collection for that very reason. As always with Fitzgerald, really well written.
Mary Alice
Novelette,really a long short story. Bleak young life of a spoiled young man destined to be uncle and godparent to all, but nobody to anyone.
Ada Iye
Love love love F Scott Fitzgerald. 3 beautiful short stories with their wonderfully sketched inevitably fraught, relationship-conflicted men.
The more I read Fitzgerald`s work, the more I realise it is not about the loss of love, but about the loss of illusion. ...more
Arvid Steyaert
Man man, nen echten Stiewman!!! Machtige schrijver
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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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