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Fitzgerald: The Lost Decade
Short Stories from Esquire, 1936–1941

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Part of The Cambridge Edition of the Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • Date Published: July 2008
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521885300

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  • During the last six years of his life, F. Scott Fitzgerald was an Esquire author. Between 1934 and 1940, Fitzgerald sold some forty-five pieces of writing to the magazine - fiction, nonfiction, and personal essays. This volume of the Cambridge Edition includes thirteen short stories published by Fitzgerald in Esquire, together with the entire Pat Hobby Series -seventeen stories about an aging screenwriter scrambling to make a living in Hollywood during the 1930s. One other story - 'Dearly Beloved', submitted to Esquire but not published there - is included as an appendix. The volume provides restored, accurate texts based on Fitzgerald's surviving manuscripts, typescripts, and proofs. A textual apparatus records editorial decisions; explanatory notes identify people, places, literary works, historical events, and references to Hollywood actors, directors, and films. The volume also includes selected facsimiles of Fitzgerald's manuscripts and typescripts for the Esquire writings.

    • The best stories Fitzgerald published in Esquire magazine between 1934 and 1940
    • Also includes the 'Pat Hobby' series as well as the unpublished 'Dearly Beloved'
    • Based on the published texts and surviving manuscripts
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… well done and the stories will be welcome for all those who enjoy Fitzgerald's work or who are interested in the author's final years.' Contemporary Review

    ''Cambridge editions of [Fitzgerald's] works contribute to such an intricate access through their wealthy textual apparatus, explanatory notes, and background materials.' Stefan L. Brandt, John F. Kennedy-Institut, Berlin

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    • Date Published: July 2008
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521885300
    • length: 296 pages
    • dimensions: 223 x 144 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Section I. Esquire Stories, 1935–41: Three acts of music
    The ants at Princeton
    'I didn't get over'
    An alcoholic case
    The long way out
    The guest in room nineteen
    In the holidays
    Financing Finnegan
    Design in plaster
    The lost decade
    On an ocean wave
    The woman from '21'
    Three hours between planes
    Section II. The Pat Hobby Series, 1940–1: Pat Hobby's Christmas wish
    A man in the way
    'Boil some water - lots of it'
    Teamed with genius
    Pat Hobby and Orson Welles
    Pat Hobby's secret
    Pat Hobby, putative father
    The homes of the stars
    Pat Hobby does his bit
    Pat Hobby's preview
    No harm trying
    A patriotic short
    On the trail of Pat Hobby
    Fun in an artist's studio
    Two old-timers
    Mightier than the sword
    Pat Hobby's college days
    Record of variants
    Explanatory notes
    Illustrations
    Appendix 1. 'Dearly beloved'
    Appendix 2. Publication and earnings.

  • Author

    F. Scott Fitzgerald

    Editor

    James L. W. West, III, Pennsylvania State University
    James L. W. West III is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English at Pennsylvania State University.

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