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The Collected Short Stories of F.Scott Fitzgerald (Penguin Modern Classics) [Paperback]

F. Scott Fitzgerald
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28 Sep 2000 Penguin Modern Classics
Encompassing the very best of F. Scott Fitzgerald's short fiction, this collection spans his career, from the early stories of the glittering Jazz Age, through the lost hopes of the thirties, to the last, twilight decade of his life. It brings together his most famous stories, including 'The Diamond as Big as the Ritz', a fairy tale of unlimited wealth; the sad and hilarious stories of Hollywood hack Pat Hobby; and 'The Lost Decade', written in Fitzgerald's last years.

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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (28 Sep 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141183578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141183572
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 262,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in 1896 in St Paul, Minnesota, and went to Princeton University which he left in 1917 to join the army. Fitzgerald was said to have epitomised the Jazz Age, an age inhabited by a generation he defined as 'grown up to find all Gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken'.

In 1920 he married Zelda Sayre. Their destructive relationship and her subsequent mental breakdowns became a major influence on his writing. Among his publications were five novels, This Side of Paradise, The Great Gatsby, The Beautiful and Damned, Tender is the Night and The Love of the Last Tycoon (his last and unfinished work): six volumes of short stories and The Crack-Up, a selection of autobiographical pieces.

Fitzgerald died suddenly in 1940. After his death The New York Times said of him that 'He was better than he knew, for in fact and in the literary sense he invented a "generation" ... he might have interpreted them and even guided them, as in their middle years they saw a different and nobler freedom threatened with destruction.'


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F Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) left Princeton University in 1917 to join the army. He is said to have epitomized the Jazz Age, which he himself defined as 'a generation grown up to find all Gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken'. In 1920 he entered a traumatic marriage which was to influence much of his writing.

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This includes all the most famous stories, including "The Diamond as big as the Ritz" and a whole series of Pat Hobbie tales, describing the bleak, but blackly humourous adventures of a fading movie script writer. Some are poignant, about lost young love, like "Three hours between planes", others like "The Baby Party" and "Bernice bobs her hair" draw on Scott Fitzgerald's amazing perceptiveness about the darkness of female human nature. This book shows the breadth of his observations, and the need to make these commercial in order to pay for his and Zelda's hedonistic lifestyle. The reader learns a lot about their own vanities and insecurities, but always emerges in awe of this genius writer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect intro to a great of american fiction 23 Jun 2009
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'Diamond as Big as The Ritz' was the first Fitzgerald I read and it leads this colection. A great place to start if you havn't read anything by the author before. Like a Bond film - there's action; a villainous millionaire who's hide out is in a mountain, in a country on no map; and the hero runs off with the girl. With the characteristic grace and insightfullness seen in 'The Great Gatsby', 'Beautiful and Damned', 'Tender is the Night' F.Scott offers a witty insight into the devestating effects of wealth. A theme which he mastered in his latter works.
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By Greshon
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This collection shows Fitzgerald to be one of the very best short story writers, up there with Hemmingway and Dahl.

Fitzgerald didn't quite manage to write the ultimate American Novel with Tender is the Night, he may have got there with The Last Tycoon if he had lived long enough to finish it, but his short stories, along with his masterpiece, The Great Gatsby, ensure his longevity in the ranks of the best American authors of all time.

It's been seven years since I read this, and I can't remember a clear favourite - 'Mayday' was truly awesome, though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 19 Feb 2010
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If you have not read Fitzgerald then quite simply you should. If nothing else, read the Great Gatsby. Also read Richard Yates (Revolutionary Road). I would recommend reading The Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving, after reading the Great Gatsby.
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