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Tales of the Jazz Age (Vintage Classics) [Kindle Edition]

F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Book Description

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 and greed, shows two boarding school classmates mired in deception as they make their fortune in gemstones. And in the classic novella “May Day,” debutantes dance the night away as war veterans and socialists clash in the streets of New York. Opening the book is a playful and irreverent set of notes from the author, documenting the real-life pressures and experiences that shaped these stories, from his years at Princeton to his cravings for luxury to the May Day Riots of 1919. Taken as a whole, this collection brings to vivid life the dazzling excesses, stunning contrasts, and simmering unrest of a glittering era. Its 1922 publication furthered Fitzgerald's reputation as a master storyteller, and its legacy staked his place as the spokesman of an age.




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From Library Journal

Fitzgerald's 1922 collection isn't his strongest work, but it does contain gems like "The Diamond as Big as the Ritz." This edition also sports several additional stories not included in the original, such as "Diamond Dick, "The Third Casket," and "The Unspeakable Egg," plus a scholarly introduction and other goodies by editor West. Nice if you can afford it.
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"Tales of the Jazz Age is a superb edition of classic literature that would grace any academic or library collection -and is 'must' reading for F. Scott Fitzgerald enthusiasts and fans." The Midwest Book Review

Product Details

  • File Size: 433 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0307476375
  • Publisher: Vintage (February 23, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004G8P7MS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,723,540 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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68 of 70 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I am not a huge fan of short stories, because it never fails that by the time I find myself invested in them I have reached the last page. Same can be said for `The Curious Case of Benjamin Button', a rather delightful little story that is engaging, interesting and very rewarding. Yes, this is a short story, so I'm going to say this straight off; you may not want to invest your money in this version. I actually purchased another version from Amazon that has a few short stories for less money, so try you hand at that collection instead of this singular novel.

But, I wanted to take the time to review the story, because that's what these reviews are all about right, the work itself and not the packaging.

`The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' is a peculiar tale of a man born at the end of his life and has the rare opportunity of growing young, living his life in reverse as it were. F. Scott Fitzgerald states at the beginning of this story that it was inspired by a statement made by Mark Twain, that the best things in life happen at the beginning and the worst at the end. With `The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' Fitzgerald plays the cynic, exploring how living life in reverse can be seemingly beneficial yet ultimately devastating.

Benjamin is born a brittle old man with a cane (not literally, but he needs one) and a full mind, and as the year's progress his relationships with those around him shift for various reasons. First he is at odds with his devastated parents who are ashamed of him, but as he grows to meet his father in age they become like brothers. He meets and falls in love with the young Hildegarde, who is attracted to the `older' Benjamin, only to marry her, grow younger than her, and drift apart from her.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book design, but what's inside? October 27, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Tales of the Jazz Age (Penguin Classics Hardcover) does not contain the original contents of the 1922 book of the same title. This edition contains the following eight stories.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Head and Shoulders
The Cut-Glass Bowl
The Four Fists
May Day
'O Russet Witch!'
Bernice Bobs Her Hair
The Lees of Happiness

Of these stories five are also included in Flappers and Philosophers: The Collected Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald (Penguin Classics Hardcover). If you're buying these books as a book collector (like me) you'll want both titles because they are gorgeous editions. If however you're not intending on buying both I suggest purchasing Flappers and Philosophers instead as it has the majority of these stories plus many more.

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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Satirizing the selfishness of the wealthy July 20, 2003
Format:Paperback
Tales Of The Jazz Age is an anthology of classic short stories by the renowned 20th Century American author F. Scott Fitzgerald, who is best known for his enduring classic "The Great Gatsby". Satirizing the selfishness of the wealthy, depicting revelry that escalates into a destructive mob, while offering a sharp look at the flaws of society, and enhanced with introductions to each story by the author, Tales Of The Jazz Age is highly recommended, and this Pine Street Books edition would make a perfect choice for school and community libraries needing to replace worn copies of previous editions.
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1.0 out of 5 stars AVOID THE "TIMELESS CLASSICS" EDITION September 26, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Avoid the Timeless Classics edition. It is a mess. Far from being "carefully formatted" it is in fact full of typos and odd formatting choices that distract and detract from the enjoyment of Fitzgerald's stories. If you wish to save money just download the free version which is certainly no worse than the awful Timeless Classic edition.

If you want a better file try one of the more expensive editions.

If anyone at the "publisher" (or at Amazon) cares I would appreciate a refund on this ebook or a free download of a better edition.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Must" reading for F. Scott Fitzgerald enthusiasts November 6, 2002
Format:Hardcover
Tales of the Jazz Age is an anthology of nineteen short stories by renowned author F. Scott Fitzgerald, including "The Diamond as Big as the Ritz", "Dice, Brassknuckles and Guitar", and "Love in the Night". Enhanced with an extensive record of variants, explanatory notes, as well as an extensive introduction concerning the selection and editorial principles of the anthology, Tales of the Jazz Age is a superb edition of classic literature that would grace any academic or library collection -- and is "must" reading for F. Scott Fitzgerald enthusiasts and fans.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I am not a huge fan of short stories, because it never fails that by the time I find myself invested in them I have reached the last page. Same can be said for `The Curious Case of Benjamin Button', a rather delightful little story that is engaging, interesting and very rewarding. Yes, this is a short story, so I'm going to say this straight off; you may not want to invest your money in this version. I actually purchased another version from Amazon that has a few short stories for less money, so try you hand at that collection instead of this singular novel.

But, I wanted to take the time to review the story, because that's what these reviews are all about right, the work itself and not the packaging.

`The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' is a peculiar tale of a man born at the end of his life and has the rare opportunity of growing young, living his life in reverse as it were. F. Scott Fitzgerald states at the beginning of this story that it was inspired by a statement made by Mark Twain, that the best things in life happen at the beginning and the worst at the end. With `The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' Fitzgerald plays the cynic, exploring how living life in reverse can be seemingly beneficial yet ultimately devastating.

Benjamin is born a brittle old man with a cane (not literally, but he needs one) and a full mind, and as the year's progress his relationships with those around him shift for various reasons. First he is at odds with his devastated parents who are ashamed of him, but as he grows to meet his father in age they become like brothers. He meets and falls in love with the young Hildegarde, who is attracted to the `older' Benjamin, only to marry her, grow younger than her, and drift apart from her.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very different!
Just recently became aware that this story was by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It is a short story of a baby who was born quite old and became younger as he "aged. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Lynn Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting considering the era
Very interesting considering the era ...but seems a bit disjointed...good book otherwise
Published 23 days ago by Stryder7
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely read.
I love the story of Benjamin Button; I find the idea fascinating and the story so sentimental. In the movie, BB is born as an elderly man with a child's mind. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Worcestershire
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoy everything Fitzgerald writes
I enjoy everything Fitzgerald writes. In fact, I have read about everything he has written. He has a theme, where, the characters are quite well off, but never seem to make it to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by pharmgrrl
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Some really good writing by Fitzgerald here, less meandering than his novels.
Published 1 month ago by Dennis C
2.0 out of 5 stars 😒
I was alittle disappointed ,I didn't think it was a shet story!! The movie was wonderful and I expected the book to surpass the movie.
Published 2 months ago by kathleen restor
1.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend the movie though
I wanted to read the book after watching the movie. It was disappointingly short and completely different from the movie. I highly recommend the movie though.
Published 3 months ago by iceman
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A+ product & service
Published 3 months ago by Elena DiGiovanni
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it!!!
Published 3 months ago by BB
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious
If you are a fan of Fitzgerald then you will love these short stories. Each one resembles the beautiful, tragic age that was Jazz.
Published 3 months ago by Ashley Deitz
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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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