The Short Stories of F Scott Fitzgerald Author:Matthew J. Bruccoli Throughout his all-too brief literary life--two decades of published writings--F. Scott Fitzgerald sold some 160 short stories to magazines. Today he is admittedly better known for his novels, but in his own day his fame rested squarely on his prolific achievement as one of America's most gifted, and it must be added, most highly paid writers o... more »f stories and novellas. While juggling his two careers as a serious novelist and as a popular magazine writer, Fitzgerald devoted (with frequent protests) the greater part of his time and ink to his short fiction. 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 short stories: forty-three sparkling masterpieces, ranging from such classic novellas a "The Rich Boy," "May Day," and "The Diamond as Big as the Ritz," to his unfairly disparaged commercial work for the Saturday Evening Post and its siter "slicks."
This is the first omnibus collection of its kind to appear in four decades, since Malcolm Cowley's initial selection of twenty-eight stories published by Scribners in 1951. The twenty-three stories not found in Cowley's edition offer brilliant tales rescued from relative obscurity. These shed new light on Fitzgerald's extraordinary versatility, imagination, and craftsmanship; for example, his surprising excursions into fantasy and supernatural themes in such stores as "A Short Trip Home" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." Professor Bruccoli's illuminating preface and forty-three introductory headnotes establishthe literary and biographical setting in which these stoes now shine anew with brighter luster than ever, reflecting the phenomenal Fitzgerald revival and reappraisal that have continued undiminished through the past several decades. This comprehensive and long-awaited collection provides a fresh appreciation of the author of The Great Gatsby, who earned his living and reach his widest audience by writing short stories.« less