- Series: Penguin F Scott Fitzgerald Hardback Collection
- Hardcover: 592 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classic (December 14, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141194103
- ISBN-13: 978-0141194103
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 55 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #426,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Modern Classics Flappers and Philosophers: The Collected Short Stories Of F Scott Fitzgerald (Penguin F Scott Fitzgerald Hardback Collection)
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Francis Scott Fitzgerald was born in 1896 in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and educated at Princeton. Stationed in Alabama, he met and later married Zelda Sayre. His first novel, This Side of Paradise published in 1920, was a tremendous critical and commercial success. Fitzgerald followed with The Beautiful and the Damned in 1922, The Great Gatsby in 1925 and Tender is the Night in 1934. He was working on The Last Tycoon (1941) when he died, in Hollywood, in 1940.
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It's the first two short stories that brought this review down.
The Offshore Pirate begins this collection. The dialog is horrible, the characters are cliché, and the whole story feels like it was written by an amateur. In fact, I almost stopped reading this collection after this first story. The Offshore Pirate is worth two stars at best.
The next story, The Ice Palace, is much better. It also feels like it was lifted straight out of Zelda Fitzgerald's diary. During his lifetime, F Scott Fitzgerald had been accused of using his wife's diary for "inspiration" on several occasions. His is quoted with saying, "plagiarism begins at home." Whether or not this is true with this short story, I'm not sure. However, it is clear that Zelda Fitzgerald is the inspiration behind the protagonist in this story. It's a good story. I'm just unclear who should be getting credit for it.
The last six stories felt like original works, worth four or five stars each, so this collection is worth reading. I'd say these stories are suitable for older teens to adults due to mild language and content.
All this is not to mention the cover art. I usually try to buy used, but this cover art made the purchase well worth it.