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Tales of the Jazz Age: Stories

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  3,874 Ratings  ·  275 Reviews
Evoking the Jazz-Age world that would later appear in his masterpiece, The Great Gatsby, this essential Fitzgerald collection contains some of the writer’s most famous and celebrated stories. In “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” an extraordinary child is born an old man, growing younger as the world ages around him. “The Diamond as Big as the Ritz,” a fable of excess ...more
Paperback, Vintage Classics, 301 pages
Published August 10th 2010 by Vintage (first published 1922)
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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
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 pov
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 enjo
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 casua
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 lon ...more
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.
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 "No
Jul 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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).
Jonny Parshall
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 bac
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
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 ab ...more
Sep 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe I dont have to write a review at all, because I feel like my opinion can be expressed in two words: short and sweet.
Fitzgerald does what he does best: he delivers a wonderful satire of his period, which manages to be upbeat and fast-paced despite the cynicism lurking underneath. Theres humor, often delivered in the form of absurdity (like when Harry eats the biscuits nailed to the wall in "The Lees of Happiness"), and theres the little innovations, the unexpected details that creep in and
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 t
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"
Ho adorato immensamente la prima parte, meno la seconda. "Primo Maggio" è qualcosa che va letto, come ognuno sente di "dover" leggere "Il grande Gatsby" o "Belli e Dannati". Anzi, ho trovato in questi racconti i grandi temi di Fitzgerald (che cosa brutta da dire "i grandi temi", ma ci siamo capiti no?), ma ancora più ricchi, più dinamici.
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.

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.
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 w
Ary Corty
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fitzgerald, amore mio.
Jan 13, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This short story collection was written very early in Fitzgerald's career (1922), and you can tell. there are moments of brilliance, such as "Oh Russet Witch" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." There are moments of great comedy, such as "The Camel's Back," and there are moments of Hollywood blockbuster type action, such as "The Diamond as Big as the Ritz." There is also "May Day," which is on the verge of greatness but could have used some fine tuning. Unfortunately, there are also sever ...more
Nicolás Morales G
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Bailes, fantasías, lujuria, sexo, revolución y alcohol son los pilares de este libro de relatos cortos... El autor me logró atrapar en algunos de sus cuentos, que sin duda con solo un poco de información logré dibujar muy fácilmente en mi mente... Debo admitir que entre los cuentos que más me gustaron están los más pintorescos y también más trágicos como "El lomo del camello", "Primero de mayo", y "Porcelana y rosa". Además de esto el escritor como que crea una relación íntima con el lector, lo ...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.
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leggendo i suoi romanzi lo capisci, che "Scott" è un tipo strano. Uno di quei personaggi eleganti che non riesci a deciderti se il loro stare al centro della sala con fare composto suggerisca il tentativo di ricacciare indietro un genio ingombrante o se stanno solo cercando di darsi un contegno per sembrare interessanti. Certo, il dubbio ti ha sfiorato, prima o poi: dev'essere un tipo che la sa parecchio lunga; eppure c'è qualcosa, nel suo modo di fare, che ti invita a mantenere le distanze. Una ...more
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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(Fiction 20's(?)) Short stories written and chosen for this book by F. Scott Fitzgerald himsel. Some were entertaining, most were okay. He separated them into categories (My Last Flappers, Fantasies (sic), and Unclassified Masterpieces), and wrote his own commentaries about each one. I have to say we didn't always agree on how wonderful they were. It was interesting to read "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" as I had not before. A few stories are somewhat humorous, mostly they are rather depr ...more
Aug 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Be they humorous, tragic, or even just faintly melancholy, F. Scott Fitzgerald's short stories each leave a distinct impression upon reading of the different facets of America's jazz age. I myself never expected to be so moved by the deceptively simple tales, and if the lingering mixedness of my feelings towards this collection is any indication, I can say with confidence that this reaction can only really be provoked by something written by Fitzgerald himself.
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.
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Γελασα, συγκινηθηκα, ερωτευτηκα τους ηρωες του, ενιωσα την αγωνια τους, κοιταχτηκαμε στα ματια, γελασα.. Ηταν στιγμες που δε καταλαβαινα αν διαβαζω βιβλιο, βλεπω ταινια, η ζω και εγω στην εποχη του Fitzgerald. Δεν ηθελα να τελειωσει..
Winter Sophia Rose
Engaging, Insightful & Fascinating! I Loved It!
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
plain and simple? dont bother
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I definitely prefer short-form Fitzgerald over long-form Fitzgerald. His short stories are, for the most part, witty and punchy. I had a blast reading them.
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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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