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A collection of the last remaining unpublished and uncollected short stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the iconic American writer of The Great Gatsby who is more widely read today than ever. “A treasure trove of tales too dark for the magazines of the 1930s. Lucky us” (Newsday). “His best readers will find much to enjoy” (The New York Times Book Review).

I’d Die For You,
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 10th 2018 by Scribner (first published April 2017)
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Luke Narlee
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful collection of stories!

Being the massive F. Scott Fitzgerald fan that I am, to say that it was a pleasant surprise to find this new collection of previously unpublished collection of stories on Amazon would be an understatement. It felt like Christmas came early!

To me, Fitzgerald had a way with words that is unparalleled in modern literature. While reading this book, I lost track of how many times decided to re-read a particular paragraph multiple times because I was so taken
Oct 08, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, fitzgerald
A new book by my favourite author even though he's been dead for 77 years? YES PLEASE.
"Her eyes were full of tears for the unpreventable sadness in the world." (28)
In a way, as a true Fitzgerald fan, aside from being delighted by this collection of genuinely previously-unpublished stories, you must also be pissed. And here's why: all of these stories—many of them particularly dear to Scott—were rejected by publishers and, to make matters worse, at times when he and Zelda sorely needed the money. The recurring theme of rejections: "not what our readers are expecting of a
Sally Koslow
May 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wish I could give this collection of F. Scott Fitzgerald's previously unpublished short stories more than five stars. I adore FSF's writing, just one of the reasons I decided to write a novel about his tumultuous relationship with Sheilah Graham, a woman who is fascinating in her own right. My novel will be published by HarperCollins in 2018, most likely called ANOTHER SIDE OF PARADISE.
Erika Robuck
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the editorial introductions, to a delightful collection of never before published photographs, to the rich and varied stories themselves, I'D DIE FOR YOU AND OTHER LOST STORIES is a rare treat, and one that should be savored. Editor Anne Margaret Daniel's arrangement and contextual description of each of Fitzgerald's writings not only provide fresh insights into one of America's finest writers, but also demonstrate deep understanding of and empathy for her subject.

Lovers of Fitzgerald's
the i.o.u:
what to do about it:
gracie at sea:
travel together:
i'd die for you:
day off from love:
cyclone in silent land:
the pearl and the fur:
thumbs up:
dentist appointment:
offside play:
the women in the house: dnf
salute to lucy and elsie:
love is a pain:
the couple:
ballet shoes:
thank you for the light:

[despite what fitzgerald thought, there's a reason why these short stories were not published]
May 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bettie, Wanda
From BBC Radio 4 - Book at Bedtime:
A selection of stories taken from a new collection of previously unpublished work by F. Scott Fitzgerald, I'D DIE FOR YOU: AND OTHER LOST STORIES.

The series opens with an extract from editor Anne Margaret Daniel's essay and the atmospheric vignette, 'Thank You For The Light'.

Readers Laurel Lefkow and Karen Bartke
Producer: Eilidh McCreadie

Romance, parties, cocktails and glamour - as a young writer in the 1920s F. Scott Fitzgerald gave the magazines what they
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like many fans of F. Scott Fitzgerald, I expect, I was very excited to get my hands on I'd Die for You and Other Lost Stories. Released this year, the volume is comprised of eighteen stories in all, including two uncollected fragments; they are the 'last remaining unpublished short stories' which will be published. Fitzgerald was prolific in writing short stories, and also a shrewd fellow; he recognised that he could make a great deal more money more quickly in selling them to magazines, than he ...more
Mark Taylor
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More than seventy-six years after his death in 1940, F. Scott Fitzgerald continues to exert a fascination over readers and scholars. In April of 2017, I’d Die for You and Other Lost Stories was published. The collection is made up of short stories that were unpublished during Fitzgerald’s lifetime. Edited by Anne Margaret Daniel, who also wrote the excellent explanatory notes, I’d Die for You adds some fine work to the official Fitzgerald canon.

Many of the stories in I’d Die for You date from
Lisa Dobra
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I'd Die For You, a collection of previously unpublished and uncollected short stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald, really delivers. Most of these were written when Fitzgerald was going through difficult periods in his personal life, which are reflected brilliantly on the page. Unfortunately, this also means that many of the stories are darker, or more somber, than the works that made him famous (it was for this reason that most didn't sell). Luckily for us, these stories remain unedited and ...more
William Peace
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most of the stories in this collection date from the 30's, during the Depression, when Fitzgerald was trying to move his genre away from love stories about pretty, rich girls, parties and high living to the grittier aspects of real life. During this period, his agent and publishing editors frequently demanded changes to soften the content, or rejected it entirely. Also, during the period, he had spells of working in Hollywood, which, while financially attractive, was frustrating in that he ...more
Apr 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-bought
Success is nice, but it's failure that draws us to the flame, so we can get close to that landscape to taste it. F. Scott Fitgerald is in many ways the Jim Morrison of early American literature. Sexy, beautiful, and gets fascinating as his demons/alcoholism takes over the body and mind. The two sides of Fitzerald is the young successful, brilliant prose writer, who was at the top of his profession and world. Over a short period things crashed into the ground, and me, being me, is fascinated with ...more
Charlotte Langstroth
You should read this if you love cover art and want a beautiful book for your collection! This has everything - the turquoise colour, the minimalism and gold foil - it's just perfect. Unfortunately (as you can tell by trying to distract the photo with a plant) I have ruined mine (wishing I bought the hardback) by taking it on holiday and all the scratches and flaws seem to show up on the plain colour ): But anyway! This is probably one of the best edited books I've read and a lot of thought has ...more
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I'd Die For You is a sampling of F. Scott Fitzgerald short stories that had previously been unpublished. Throughout the book the editor includes both photos of Fitzgerald that give a little context to where he was in his life during each writing, and written context as to where it was submitted for publication, why it was rejected, or why Fitzgerald never followed up with editor notes.

The stories are decidedly darker than his normal tone and reflect a writer eschewing
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this book was pure Fitzgerald. Some pages you just loooove how he reads your thoughts and minds, you feel attached to the characters. While in other pages you get so bored with the details and nonsense and finishing a story takes forever. I must say though that some stories were really good, the one used for the title “I’d die for you” was a masterpiece. Grab this book because it is newly published limited edition of one of our favourite authors. Any book lover would appreciate having this on ...more
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I definitely recommend picking this collection up if you are a fan of FSF’s short stories (or you just good short stories in general).
There was so much information given about each story, when he wrote it and the reasons or possible reasons that nobody would publish them which was SO FASCINATING because most of these stories were so good!!
There were also pictures of FSF before every story and that was really fun too.
My new favourite threat is from the story “Thumbs Up”,
- “I’m gonna clean your
The Great Gatsby is one of my all time favourite books and I've slowly started looking into Fitzgerald'a other works so hearing that a collection of his unpublished/unfinished works was due to be released I was in my element.

Sadly, this was a let down for me. While there are a few stories I liked, there were a lot that I skipped because I wasn't interested.

To be honest, I found the sections detailing his life overall and the context around each story more interesting than many of the stories.
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-read
This was a remarkable collection of stories, mostly from late in Fitzgerald's career. What emerged was the portrait of a writer actively attempting to evolve when seemingly every editor in the business wanted the exact opposite. This + The Crack Up make me very sad.
J. Stone
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fitzgerald is a master. I'm constantly in awe over his work. Reading these stories, I saw a much different side of the man. The introduction is pure gold. It sets the reader up to understand the stories more intimately. Fabulous book.
an interesting, if somewhat uneven, collection of short stories. my favourites were "the pearl and the fur" and "the couple."
Jul 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While some of these stories should probably have remained lost, it's just impossible for Fitzgerald to be all bad. Even in the stories that are half-baked or poorly realized, there's some stunning turn of phrase or masterful, evocative description that blows the reader away. Three and one-half stars.
Never published, not perfected, unfinished and forgotten is the major themes of this short stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald. There are some lines of beauty and wit, and some stories are stronger than others. The interesting thing about this collection of works was that Fitzgerald was trying to grow as a writer and not a "one-note wonder" when it came to his short stories. Fitzgerald was trying to go deeper and darker, but the public/publishers wanted what he wrote at the beginning of his career. ...more
Apr 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've loved, loved this book of lost, short fiction by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I love Great Gatsby and many of these stories, especially I'd Die for You, had the heart and beauty of The Great Gatsby. Most of these stories didn't sell because they were departures from Fitzgerald's normal style or they weren't timely for the audiences of the papers and magazines where he normally sold his stories. I also loved the biographical information that went along with each story and the pictures and original ...more
Ellen Klock
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd Die for You by F Scott Fitzgerald is a series of short stories which for one reason or another were not published during the author's lifetime. Some stories were lost, others in private collections, but they are now available to the public.

I was privileged to receive an Advanced Reader's Copy from Netgalley containing one of the newly found tales from this recently published book (in exchange for an honest review)

In the charming short story, The Pearl and the Fur, Fitzgerald, in just
Jim Cherry
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s the summer of F. Scott Fitzgerald, first I read John Grisham’s “Camino Island” which has thieves stealing Fitzgerald original manuscripts, and I even discovered Amazon’s own series of “The Last Tycoon.” But the real find for Fitzgerald fans are his “lost” stories that have been published for the first time in “I’d Die For You.” These are stories that Fitzgerald wrote with the intention of having them published in magazines to tide him over until the next novel, but the magazines of the day ...more
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
-- 4.5 stars --

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An insightful glimpse into a storied life. To people Fitzgerald is either a playboy or a hero. There's never been a fair opinion, but this book depicts him as a flawed person capable of gifted writing. The stories that stand out are: "The I.O.U.," "What to Do About It," "I'd Die for You" and "The Pearl and the Fur."

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"The I.O.U." had a plot twist that is one of Fitzgerald's best. It plays with the reader's mind, inviting them to question what is real and what isn't. However,
Matthew Davidson
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is much to enjoy in this superb collection. I'd not been much of a fan of Fitzgerald's short stories until I read this collection of previously unpublished work. While he is not always perfectly-informed in some of his subject matter, the writing is always convincing.

Apparently, many of his short stories were "written for the money" – much of which went into the "black hole" of his poor financial literacy, and a great deal into the costs of a sanatorium for his wife. The stories in this
Lia (_Lia_Reads_)
Mar 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I'm a huge fan of F. Scott Fitzgerald, but I really struggled to get through this book. I think a lot of that has to do with it being short stories; I don't generally love short story collections. The works are a collection of stories from FSF's later years that were not published for a variety of reasons, including being too dark or racy. Each story is introduced by a little commentary that helps to set the scene and explain why that particular story was not released to the public. Some of the ...more
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
While it's clear that these are the "b sides" of Fitzgerald's work, they do him no favors being published.

Almost every one contains an original and interesting premise where the execution is downright tiresome. It's hard to see how they were innovative, even when they were written, but it must be so because everyone says it.

The best stories are the "movie treatments" where Fitzgerald is outlining a plot and a few details without trying to flesh out an entire story. These, more than the
This was a long awaited release of previously unpublished FSF works. Though not as sharp as some of his earlier collections, they are still works of the Master. There are a few gems that stand out for me—"I'd Die for You", "Cyclone in Silent Land", "The Pearl and the Fur", and "The Couple", the earliest of his works in this collection. There are several trial screen plays that were interesting, notably "Love is a Pain". For me it is a "must have" for my Fitzgerald library.

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