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The Diamond As Big As the Ritz And Other Stories: The Diamond As Big As the Ritz; Bernice Bobs Her Hair; the Ice Palace; May Day; the Bowl (Penguin Popular Classics) [Paperback]

F Scott Fitzgerald
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27 Sep 2007 Penguin Popular Classics
6 of the Roaring Twenties chronicler’s most scintillating short stories, chosen from Flappers and Philosophers (1920) and Tales of the Jazz Age (1922). This inexpensive volume comprises "The Diamond as Big as the Ritz," "The Ice Palace," "Bernice Bobs Her Hair," "May Day," "The Jelly-Bean," and "The Offshore Pirate."


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (27 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140622381
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140622386
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 11.1 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 672,234 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 was born in 1896 in St Paul, Minnesota, and went to Princeton University which he left in 1917 to join the army. Among his publications were five novels, This Side of Paradise, The Great Gatsby, The Beautiful and the 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.

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4.0 out of 5 stars As Big As The Ritz, But Was It As Good? 8 May 2005
Format:Paperback
For some reason, The Diamond as Big as the Ritz, the story which (justifiably) leads this collection, seemed to have been hyped up in my mind, so I was expecting big things from it. It turned out to be a fun story to read and certainly showed the underlying problems of wealth, but it perhaps wasn't quite as good as I had expected. The other stories in the collection also illustrated their point well, even if some of them could have been cut down a bit without losing any of their impact.
At least one of the stories has a startling end and the characters in each are very well drawn. These pieces are definitely a commentary on the times in which they were written, but I think they still have a lot to say to us today.
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By john
Format:Paperback
The collection of short stories headed by "Diamond" return the classic themes of Fitzgerald - the obsessions and pitfalls of American society - money, youth, superficial appearance and class. Although the supporting stories are at times funny and well written, it is easy to see why "Diamond" leads. Bearing the classic hallmarks of Fitzgerald writing - strong empathetic description of the characters, grand scene setting and a clear moral message this leaves a strong impression on the reader.This was for me one of the most impactful short stories I have read. If you fancy a go at Fitzgerald before trying his novels or like what you have read so far - try this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I was looking for! 21 Mar 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Am currently studying these stories alongside The Great Gatsby in AS English Literature.

Although copies of all the stories can be downloaded online for free, I like having the book to scribble in!

This was in perfect condition, despite being used and clearly quite old!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Highly readable 25 Sep 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I am not a fan of short stories, but love the author. This collection is highly readable, displaying Scott Fitzgerald's mastery of language, as well as his breadth of imagination.

I remember one of these stories from a film at the end of the War ("This Happy Breed"), presumably when he was working in Hollywood.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting precursor to THE BIG GATSBY 19 Sep 2011
By I Read, Therefore I Blog VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Released by Penguin's as a `taster' book series given away with The Times and Starbucks in 2007, THE DIAMOND AS BIG AS THE RITZ is a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald first published in 1922, which contains themes of wealth and irresponsibility that are more developed in THE GREAT GATSBY.

John T. Unger is an intelligent, sixteen-year-old boy who's spent his life with his comparatively well-to-do family in Hades, a small town near the Mississippi River. He's sent to St Midas's School in Boston where he spends 2 years with boys from much more wealthy and well-to-do families but one boy, the pleasant and aloof Percy Washington, never talks about his parents or background. It is only when John accepts Percy's invitation to spend the summer holiday at Percy's house that Percy confides that his father is the richest man in the world and owns a diamond that's bigger than the Ritz.

Initially sceptical, John soon finds himself in the Montana Rockies. There he's introduced to a world of wealth and privilege unlike anything that he's ever known before. Legions of black slaves tender to his every whim in an exquisite chateau filled with the finest jewels, fabrics and wines. But the Washingtons furiously protect their privacy and the secret of their wealth, using anti-aircraft guns to bring down aircraft flying overhead and imprisoning or even killing the pilots.

As John descends into the madness that comes with wealth and power, he falls in love with Percy's sister Kismine and resolves to tap some of the family's wealth to enrich himself, only to find himself caught up in an all-too-literal attack against the Washingtons and their life.
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