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F. Scott Fitzgerald: Tales of the Jazz Age (The Cambridge Edition of the Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  5,839 ratings  ·  412 reviews
Fitzgerald's second collection of short stories, Tales of the Jazz Age (1922), includes at least two masterpieces--"May Day" and "The Diamond as Big as the Ritz." This edition reproduces Tales of the Jazz Age in full, along with several uncollected stories from the early 1920s, including "Dice, Brassknuckles and Guitar," which closely anticipates the themes and characters ...more
Hardcover, 568 pages
Published August 12th 2002 by Cambridge University Press (first published 1922)
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Duane
Tales of the Jazz Age is a collection of 11 short stories published in 1922, although most had been published earlier in national magazines. Fitzgerald published 4 novels, that was his preferred way of writing. But he wrote short stories to make money, and being in constant financial trouble, it was the fastest way for him to make cash. This collection was good, it contains probably his most famous short story, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, as well as a few other very good ones. A couple ...more
Erin
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite reading so much about him and his wife Zelda, I cannot help but reveal my mad crush on Fitzgerald. This short story collection of 15 different stories offered a little bit of everything that I adore about the author. Men who crave women they can't have, WWI veterans readjusting to life after the battlefield, rich versus poor, big city thrills, rural intrigue, and a little bit of comedy and mystery to boot!

Some of my fave sentences

All life was weather, a waiting through the hot where
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Sue
Aug 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been intending to read Fitzgerald for some time and I'm very glad to have begun with this collection of stories. There is such a show of versatility and skill here. Not all stories are equally successful but all are interesting and some are truly wonderful, Among those I particularly enjoyed were "The Camel's Back", "May Day"", "O Russett Witch" and "The Lees of Happiness".

Themes central to Fitzgerald's life and other works are scattered through these tales: the disparity of wealth and
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Cara
May 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Considering I didn't like The Great Gatsby, I'm amazed at how I'm loving the other works of F. Scott Fitzgerald so far! I read This Side Of Paradise and was enthralled, and this book of short stories was equal parts enchanting and intelligent. I read it on my Kindle, and I ended up highlighting a lot of sentences and passages because they were so beautifully written.

The book includes "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," which is nowhere near as complex a story as the movie version. I did
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Faye
The Jelly Bean - 2/5 stars
The Camel's Back - 2/5 stars
May Day - 4/5 stars
Porcelain and Pink - 2/5 stars
The Diamond as Big as the Ritz - 4/5 stars
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - 5/5 stars FAVOURITE
Tarquin of Cheapside - 3/5 stars
O Russet Witch - 5/5 stars FAVOURITE
The Lees of Happiness - 4/5 stars
Mr Icky - 2/5 stars
Jemina, the Mountain Girl - 3/5 stars
Jonny Parshall
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jazz-hands
This collection of short stories, short plays, and novelettes is so varied in style and execution forming an opinion of the whole is damn near impossible. So I shall break it down tale-by-tale.

The Jelly Bean
I felt this story caricatured American Southerners rather disgracefully.

The Camel's Back
Wild, clever humor from a talented humorist.

May Day
I love the characters featured in this story's vignettes. Their interactions truly captured the age from a broad spectrum of classes and backgrounds.
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leynes
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This edition of Tales of the Jazz Age features only four short stories from the original volume, the other four short stories are taken from Flappers and Philosophers, thus dating the publication from 1920 to 1922.

Originally, I wanted to unhaul this book because A) I am not the biggest fan of short stories and B) quite frankly, I am not the biggest fan of Fitzgerald himself. There. I said it. It's not just the fact that I have massive problems with his "casual" racism and sexism (whatever
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Claire
Apr 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: serial-reader
I can conclude, having finished this collection of short stories, that with the exception of The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald is just not really for me. This collection was saved, in my opinion, by The Diamond as Big as the Ritz, Porcelain and Pink, and Jemina the Mountain Girl. Barring some moments of subtle but shocking endings, I found the rest of the stories dull, and the characters empty, and the prose ineffective.
Nicole Beaudry
This collection has eight stories: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Head and Shoulders, The Four Fists, The Cut-Glass Bowl, May Day, O Russet Witch, Bernice Bobs Her Hair, and The Lees of Happiness. A handful are incredible: Head and Shoulders, Bernice Bobs Her Hair, and The Lees of Happiness were far and away my favourites. Benjamin Button was great, The Four Fists was fun but forgettable, and The Cut-Glass Bowl was just alright. But May Day, and O Russet Witch, while being not only the ...more
Gitte - Bookworm's Closet
One of the best short story collections I've ever read! Many of the stories felt like 5-starred reads, but some were just s0-so (hence the 4 stars).

A must read for any one who enjoys excellent writing and touching stories. Somehow these stories felt more powerful than some of his novels. I was reminded what a brilliant writer Fitzgerald was.
Joseph Sciuto
Many years ago, I was talking to a gentleman who, like myself, took great pleasure in reading amazing authors. I mentioned that, in my opinion, F. Scott Fitzgerald never fully reached the total potential he was capable of achieving. To me, despite the brilliance of "Gatsby," I always found something lacking in his works, a tragic flaw, a missing something that would have made so many more of his works comparable to Gatsby. Maybe, he should have practiced more self control, a little less partying ...more
Laura
The remarkable story "THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON" is even better then the movie which was made based on this story.

This story was inspired by a remark of Mark Twain's to the effect that it was a pity that the best part of life came at the beginning and the worst part at the end. By trying the experiment upon only one man in a perfectly normal world I have scarcely given his idea a fair trial. Several weeks after completing it, I discovered an almost identical plot in Samuel Butler's
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BrokenTune
Jul 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Over the last 10 minutes I must have switched between 3 and 4 stars about 20 times - but I did really like most of the short stories.

Fitzgerald has a way of creating the not always endearing but nevertheless interesting characters in his short stories that are sadly missing in his novels (The Great Gatsby excepted).
Maureen
If you like Fitzgerald at all, or even the idea of him, you should read his short stories as they are really the backbone of his career. This particular electronic volume is available at no cost from Project Gutenberg. I imagine there are many other choices also.

That being said, most of these works will not stun you. Some don't even make sense, many are decent and a few are fine. I did think many of them were mostly told on the surface, without a lot of introspection or development of the
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Illiterate
Two overlapping themes recur: (i) wasted privilege, youth, lives; (ii) all that glitters is symbolic & brittle.
Peter
Nov 15, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Apart from the famous short about ole' Benny there is nothing here to write home about. The acclaim for F. Scott Fitzgerald is overrated, the skill of the pen does not exist. Two books, two failures and no amount of telling me what I am misssing will convince me to read anymore of this third-rate writer. Awful, just awful.

Two stars for the story of Ben.

Yes my kind bookshop gave me a refund.

File under c for Murakami... (That's c for crap).

Pamela
This is rather a mixed bunch of Fitzgerald's early short stories. I preferred the tragi-comic ones where he combines the crazy whirl of the Jazz Age with the poignant sense of lost youth and innocence - for example, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button or the brilliantly understated The Lees of Happiness . Some of the other sketches and stories are less satisfying, especially those where the satire seems quite heavy handed.

Interesting as an introduction to the themes and ideas that Fitzgerald
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Elisha
Overall Rating: 4.5 stars.

Breakdown of Individual Ratings:
5 stars: 'The Lees of Happiness', 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button', and 'Head and Shoulders'
4.5 stars: 'The Cut-Glass Bowl'
4 stars: 'May Day', 'O Russet Witch', and 'Bernice Bobs Her Hair'
3 stars: 'The Four Fists'

This is a fabulous selection of stories. If I'm going to be a Fitzgerald purist (which, admittedly, I am), I take issue with the fact that the Penguin Hardback Classics edition I read, though gorgeous, does not contain the
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Benjamin Stahl
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chrissy-reads
Finding The Great Gatsby somewhat underwhelming, I didn't really have many expectations either way with this book, an earlier anthology of short stories written by Fitzgerald during his earlier life. Overall, they range from plain weird (Yemina, the Mountain Girl), through to okay but far from satisfying (Tarquin of Cheapside) to quite profoundly excellent (as with two of my favorites: Benjamin Button and The Lees of Happiness). Contrary to the sometimes depressing superficiality of his most ...more
JDK1962
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While I have loved Fitzgerald's novels (at least, back when I read them), I can't say I actually enjoyed this collection of stories. While Fitzgerald was obviously an engaging writer, the stories here feel like him coasting along. There are completely trivial pieces that he wrote as an undergraduate (and are of the quality you'd expect from an undergrad), pieces that he wrote for the money (literally, he admits in the forward that one was written so he could buy, IIRC, a watch), and experimental ...more
Kathleen
It's been over a decade since I've read anything by F. Scott Fitzgerald and I had forgotten how much I enjoy him. Not every story in this collection is brilliant, in fact, the table of contents is fairly self-deprecating with a brief write-up by Fitzgerald about the story and where it was initially published. But when the stories are good, I don't want them to end. He can set a scene and dialogue beautifully and makes you feel like part of the story, only to hit you with something wonderfully ...more
Kevin Hinman
Jazz Age Stories is like a sampler platter of F. Scott Fitzgerald for the uninitiated. The Ice Palace, May Day, and The Offshore Pirate are all classic Fitzgerald stories and, along with the completely bizarre Mr. Icky play, the highlights of this collection. The others range from good but slight (Benediction, Dayrimple Goes Wrong) to the just plain awful - The Cut Glass Bowl being the most overblown, melodramatic Fitzgerald I've ever read, and Jemina, the Mountain Girl left me anything but ...more
E.C. McCarthy
Sep 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fitzgerald observes the world from a sweet spot no other writer can find. He's close enough to maintain warmth, honesty, and intimacy with his characters, but just far enough away that he renders their imperfections, and the ugliness of the world they live in, without disdain. He's the long-ago friend who gently preserves the memory of everything good about the past without turning his cheek to the present.

The final short story in the collection, The Lees of Happiness, is particularly poignant.
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Andy
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Downloads of "Tales of the Jazz Age" are FREE on iTunes, and so far I think this is a great collection. I really enjoyed this side of Fitzgerald, which is a little more light-hearted than his full-length novel output.:)

The books is divided into two sections: his great jazz age work and his bizarre fantasy tales. While I didn't dislike his fantasy tales (Diamond As Big As Ritz, Benjamin Button)I found them too jarring set against his more timely Twenties stories, the dynamics being so different
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Karen
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this collection and liked seeing Fitzgerald's range as a writer.

"Love is fragile, but perhaps the pieces are saved, the things that hovered on lips, that might have been said. The new love words, the tendernesses learned, are treasured up for the next lover."

"I smell sweet, I was made for love."

"everybody's youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness"
Isabel
Basically everything F. Scott Fitzgerald has written is pure gold. It took me a long time to finish because I read one short story at a time, and didn't want the book to end because every story is written so beautifully.
Winter Sophia Rose
Engaging, Insightful & Fascinating! I Loved It!
Pink
May 20, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This just didn't do it for me. There are a couple of great stories (Benjamin Button, The Diamond as big as the Ritz), but the rest left me underwhelmed.


Holly
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Only a few gems in here. Benjamin Button of course stands out. Not my favorite of his collected short works though.
Charles
While, in my opinion, 'Tales of the Jazz Age' (1922) does not offer as good a selection as 'Flappers and Philosophers' (1920), even though it is more varied, 'Tales of the Jazz Age' is still an entertaining and an illuminating read; which is characteristic of Fitzgerald.

'Tales of the Jazz Age' includes some of Fitzgerald's better-known stories, featuring, for instance, fantasies such as 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' and 'The Diamond as Big as The Ritz' (one of my favourites and a story
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