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F. Scott Fitzgerald: Novels and Stories 1920-1922: This Side of Paradise / Flappers and Philosophers / The Beautiful and the Damned / Tales of the Jazz Age (Library of America) Hardcover – August 28, 2000


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1075 pages
  • Publisher: Library of America (August 28, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883011841
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883011840
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Young Scott Fitzgerald was not having much luck: he'd flunked out of Princeton, his hope for military glory was dashed with the signing of the armistice on the day he was due to depart for Europe, and his best girl, Zelda, didn't want to date a pauper. In 1920, however, his luck changed when Scribner bought his first manuscript, This Side of Paradise, and introduced him to the world, which welcomed him warmly. This latest Library of America volume includes that first novel plus several works written during Fitzgerald's younger and more vulnerable years: Flappers and Philosophers (short stories, 1920), The Beautiful and Damned (novel, 1922), and Tales of the Jazz Age (short stories, 1922). The short stories include such gems as "Bernice Bobs Her Hair," "The Ice Palace," and "A Diamond as Big as the Ritz." Though all this material is readily available, and, one hopes, always will be, it's wonderful having Fitzgerald's fledgling works together in a quality hardcover. Jazz up your collection with this fine volume.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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F. Scott Fitzgerald was one of the major American writers of the twentieth century -- a figure whose life and works embodied powerful myths about our national dreams and aspirations. Fitzgerald was talented and perceptive, gifted with a lyrical style and a pitch-perfect ear for language. He lived his life as a romantic, equally capable of great dedication to his craft and reckless squandering of his artistic capital. He left us one sure masterpiece, The Great Gatsby; a near-masterpiece, Tender Is the Night; and a gathering of stories and essays that together capture the essence of the American experience. His writings are insightful and stylistically brilliant; today he is admired both as a social chronicler and a remarkably gifted artist.

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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Jim McKenna on November 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a very attractive packaged, comprehensive collection of Fitzgerald's early work, containing his first two novels (This Side of Paradise and The Beautiful & Damned) and his first two short story collections. Included are some classic short stories such as May Day and The Diamond As Big As The Ritz. Some of the other stories are less than classic, but all are enjoyable. As is the case with all Library of America volumes, the book is very easy to handle and read. There is a useful set of notes and chronology of Fitzergald's life in the back. All in all, this is well worth the price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reason on August 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Bought the kindle edition thinking it was an e-reader copy of the library of America edition. This is not the case and this kindle edition does not have an active table of contents, which makes it not worth the price. It would be a marginal purchase if it was free-not for the contents but because it is difficult to use.
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22 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy E Ayala on September 11, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for the short stories. They are like small diamonds on a necklace, sparkling in a row, each one a wonder. Fitzgerald's short stories are like that.
"The Off Shore Pirate" is hilarious. The "Ice Palace" is strange and beautiful. "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" is about a baby born very old who gets younger every year.
"The Diamond As Big As The Ritz" is classic Fitzgerald, about the rich.
The story that is missing is "The Rich Boy." This is the story that started the famous spat between Hemingway and Fitzgerald.
In this short story, Fitzgerald writes: "The rich are very different from you and me." Hemingway responds in his short story, "The Snows Of Kilimanjaro:" "Yes, they have more money."
But you will not find "The Rich Boy" in this book. Too bad.
Included with the short stories are two novels:: This Side Of Paradise and The Beautiful And Damned. They are very adolescent novels. High school students might enjoy them.

Maybe not.
The short stories do more to describe the Jazz Age than his novels.
If you are serious about this author, his greatest novel is The Great Gatsby. His next best novel is Tender Is The Night. "The Rich Boy" is his best short story.
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15 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Lily Bart on December 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I am really shocked that this first rate Fitzgerald collection does not have the "Polly Parker" stories that originally were printed serially in THE SATURDAY EVENING POST in 1922. Apparently these uncollected stories remain unavailable anywhere in book form.

Polly Parker was a typical Fitzgerald heroine -- a blue-eyed flapper with a pert nose and golden hair bobbed very short. The reason her stories are omitted, I gather, is that they were slightly more sexual in tone and also addressed taboo subjects such as alcoholism, racial violence, incest, and insanity.

"GRANDPA'S GOLD" the first Polly story, deals with lasting echoes of the Civil War. Spoiled Polly goes to Vermont for the summer to stay with her aging grandfather -- the last remaining Union army veteran in Vermont. Ultimately she robs him of a small fortune in gold coins which he had originally intended to donate to a Negro orphanage. This story highlights Fitzgerald's ambivalence towards the young women of the day -- Polly is cruel and selfish, but also winningly spontaneous, free and independent. Fitzgerald's racism is in full flower here as well. The fact that she is "only" robbing colored people seems to make her crime an amusing prank rather than a vicious crime.

"ALLIGATOR QUEEN" is both darker and more sophisticated. Polly is a houseguest in Georgia, where she meets Eleanor Hiss, a jazz age siren who may or may not have negro blood. The two girls deliberately lead a young Harvard man out into quicksand, then go joy riding in his car while he slowly drowns. Fitzgerald later wrote that Eleanor seduced Polly in an early draft -- but in 1922 the SATURDAY EVENING POST would never have carried a story with an explicit lesbian seduction.
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7 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Reading as Much as I Can on April 14, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I posted a review of the following item:

F. Scott Fitzgerald Quartet: This Side of Paradise$ Flappers and Philosophers$ The Beautiful and the Damned$ Tales from the Jazz Age

which I purchased and read. I did *not* purchase and read the print edition. But, Amazon or the publisher, has apparently decided to publish the review in both places. I would *never* give Fitzgerald's work, properly printed, a 2 star review (would give it 5 star). But when I change the stars here on this review, it changes the desired number of stars on the book linked to above. I am posting this so that I can perhaps avoid more people commenting that I'm a moron or otherwise messaging me to indicate their displeasure with me review.

I did not buy the hardcover edition, have never read it and did not review it. My review is for the Kindle edition. I am hoping that these words remain distinct from my Kindle review - otherwise, I'll have to edit both reviews back again. It's important that Kindle buyers know they are *not* getting the same features in their product. It's not just a digitized edition, it's a digitized edition missing some features of the original hardcover edition.
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