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Though most widely known for the novella The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald gained a major source of income as a professional writer from the sale of short stories. Over the course of his career, Fitzgerald published more than 160 stories in the period's most popular magazines. His second short fiction collection, Tales of the Jazz Age (1922), includes two masterpieces Though most widely known for the novella The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald gained a major source of income as a professional writer from the sale of short stories. Over the course of his career, Fitzgerald published more than 160 stories in the period's most popular magazines. His second short fiction collection, Tales of the Jazz Age (1922), includes two masterpieces as well as several other stories from his earlier career. One, "May Day," depicts a party at a popular club in New York that becomes a night of revelry during which former soldiers and an affluent group of young people start an anti-Bolshevik demonstration that results in an attack on a leftist newspaper office. "The Diamond as Big as the Ritz" is a fantastic satire of the selfishness endemic to the wealthy and their undying pursuit to preserve that way of life. All of these stories, like his best novels, meld Fitzgerald's fascination with wealth with an awareness of a larger world, creating a subtle social critique. With his discerning eye, Fitzgerald elucidates the interactions of the young people of post-World War I America who, cut off from traditions, sought their place in the modern world amid the general hysteria of the period that inaugurated the age of jazz. This new edition reproduces in full the original collection, stories that represent a clear movement in theme and character development toward what would become The Great Gatsby. In introducing each story, Fitzgerald offers accounts of its textual history, revealing decisions about which stories to include.

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Though most widely known for the novella The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald gained a major source of income as a professional writer from the sale of short stories. Over the course of his career, Fitzgerald published more than 160 stories in the period's most popular magazines. His second short fiction collection, Tales of the Jazz Age (1922), includes two masterpieces Though most widely known for the novella The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald gained a major source of income as a professional writer from the sale of short stories. Over the course of his career, Fitzgerald published more than 160 stories in the period's most popular magazines. His second short fiction collection, Tales of the Jazz Age (1922), includes two masterpieces as well as several other stories from his earlier career. One, "May Day," depicts a party at a popular club in New York that becomes a night of revelry during which former soldiers and an affluent group of young people start an anti-Bolshevik demonstration that results in an attack on a leftist newspaper office. "The Diamond as Big as the Ritz" is a fantastic satire of the selfishness endemic to the wealthy and their undying pursuit to preserve that way of life. All of these stories, like his best novels, meld Fitzgerald's fascination with wealth with an awareness of a larger world, creating a subtle social critique. With his discerning eye, Fitzgerald elucidates the interactions of the young people of post-World War I America who, cut off from traditions, sought their place in the modern world amid the general hysteria of the period that inaugurated the age of jazz. This new edition reproduces in full the original collection, stories that represent a clear movement in theme and character development toward what would become The Great Gatsby. In introducing each story, Fitzgerald offers accounts of its textual history, revealing decisions about which stories to include.

30 review for Tales of the Jazz Age (Pine Street Books)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Duane

    Tales of the Jazz Age is a collection of 11 short stories published in 1922, although most had been published earlier in national magazines. Fitzgerald published 4 novels, that was his preferred way of writing. But he wrote short stories to make money, and being in constant financial trouble, it was the fastest way for him to make cash. This collection was good, it contains probably his most famous short story, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, as well as a few other very good ones. A couple Tales of the Jazz Age is a collection of 11 short stories published in 1922, although most had been published earlier in national magazines. Fitzgerald published 4 novels, that was his preferred way of writing. But he wrote short stories to make money, and being in constant financial trouble, it was the fastest way for him to make cash. This collection was good, it contains probably his most famous short story, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, as well as a few other very good ones. A couple I thought were nonsensical and not up to Fitzgerald's best. It's certainly worth the time and it is aptly named because if you ask almost anyone to name one writer associated with the Jazz Age or the Roaring 20's, 9 out of 10 will say F. Scott Fitzgerald. He defined that generation for writers, or more accurately, it defined him.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    I've been intending to read Fitzgerald for some time and I'm very glad to have begun with this collection of stories. There is such a show of versatility and skill here. Not all stories are equally successful but all are interesting and some are truly wonderful, Among those I particularly enjoyed were "The Camel's Back", "May Day"", "O Russett Witch" and "The Lees of Happiness". Themes central to Fitzgerald's life and other works are scattered through these tales: the disparity of wealth and pov I've been intending to read Fitzgerald for some time and I'm very glad to have begun with this collection of stories. There is such a show of versatility and skill here. Not all stories are equally successful but all are interesting and some are truly wonderful, Among those I particularly enjoyed were "The Camel's Back", "May Day"", "O Russett Witch" and "The Lees of Happiness". Themes central to Fitzgerald's life and other works are scattered through these tales: the disparity of wealth and poverty, good and evil, bad things happening to good people, zany characters and activities, true love and love gone very bad. I highly recommend this story collection and am sure I will read these again. Thank you Tajma for leading me here.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cara

    Considering I didn't like The Great Gatsby, I'm amazed at how I'm loving the other works of F. Scott Fitzgerald so far! I read This Side Of Paradise and was enthralled, and this book of short stories was equal parts enchanting and intelligent. I read it on my Kindle, and I ended up highlighting a lot of sentences and passages because they were so beautifully written. The book includes "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," which is nowhere near as complex a story as the movie version. I did enjo Considering I didn't like The Great Gatsby, I'm amazed at how I'm loving the other works of F. Scott Fitzgerald so far! I read This Side Of Paradise and was enthralled, and this book of short stories was equal parts enchanting and intelligent. I read it on my Kindle, and I ended up highlighting a lot of sentences and passages because they were so beautifully written. The book includes "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," which is nowhere near as complex a story as the movie version. I did enjoy it a lot, but had to separate it from the movie, as the two are so different. My favorite story was "The Diamond As Big As The Ritz." I was captivated from the very beginning. At first, it's like a fairy tale. I kept thinking, "Where's the catch? Is this all a dream?" Then when the catch happened, it was like an adventure movie. PLEASE, at least read this story! The only story I didn't enjoy was "Tarquin of Cheapside." I just plain didn't get it. It was a little bizarre. Maybe I'll go back and read it again, but that was the only story that I didn't enjoy at all. I definitely recommend this one! If you're tired of reading long novels and want a wonderful collection of short stories, go for this book!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Faye

    The Jelly Bean - 2/5 stars The Camel's Back - 2/5 stars May Day - 4/5 stars Porcelain and Pink - 2/5 stars The Diamond as Big as the Ritz - 4/5 stars The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - 5/5 stars FAVOURITE Tarquin of Cheapside - 3/5 stars O Russet Witch - 5/5 stars FAVOURITE The Lees of Happiness - 4/5 stars Mr Icky - 2/5 stars Jemina, the Mountain Girl - 3/5 stars

  5. 5 out of 5

    leynes

    This edition of Tales of the Jazz Age features only four short stories from the original volume, the other four short stories are taken from Flappers and Philosophers, thus dating the publication from 1920 to 1922. Originally, I wanted to unhaul this book because A) I am not the biggest fan of short stories and B) quite frankly, I am not the biggest fan of Fitzgerald himself. There. I said it. It's not just the fact that I have massive problems with his "casual" racism and sexism (whatever casua This edition of Tales of the Jazz Age features only four short stories from the original volume, the other four short stories are taken from Flappers and Philosophers, thus dating the publication from 1920 to 1922. Originally, I wanted to unhaul this book because A) I am not the biggest fan of short stories and B) quite frankly, I am not the biggest fan of Fitzgerald himself. There. I said it. It's not just the fact that I have massive problems with his "casual" racism and sexism (whatever casual is supposed to mean in this context... ugh!), no, after reading two of his novels it felt like Scottie was focusing so much on first world problems and characters whining about being rich that I simply couldn't take it anymore. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that these short stories were all quite nuanced, historically insightful and brilliantly written. There are many allusions to Oscar Wilde (my bae) in Scottie's work, but never have I felt the connection stronger than in this collection. These short stories could've have been written by Oscar himself – the "l'art pour l'art"-vibe was strong in every single one of them, and we even saw some imitations of the dandy. Overall, I have to admit that I am very impressed with this collection and its exploration of gender roles and unhappy marriages (I didn't agree with a lot of what Scottie was trying to sell me, especially in regards to female beauty, and how it wanes with age, but I appreciated the insight nonetheless). I think that Tales of the Jazz Age is a fantastic collection to get familiar with Scottie and the common themes in his later works. My absolute favorite story in this collection is May Day btw, you should totally read it! That ending still has me shook!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    I can conclude, having finished this collection of short stories, that with the exception of The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald is just not really for me. This collection was saved, in my opinion, by The Diamond as Big as the Ritz, Porcelain and Pink, and Jemina the Mountain Girl. Barring some moments of subtle but shocking endings, I found the rest of the stories dull, and the characters empty, and the prose ineffective.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Beaudry

    This collection has eight stories: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Head and Shoulders, The Four Fists, The Cut-Glass Bowl, May Day, O Russet Witch, Bernice Bobs Her Hair, and The Lees of Happiness. A handful are incredible: Head and Shoulders, Bernice Bobs Her Hair, and The Lees of Happiness were far and away my favourites. Benjamin Button was great, The Four Fists was fun but forgettable, and The Cut-Glass Bowl was just alright. But May Day, and O Russet Witch, while being not only the lon This collection has eight stories: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Head and Shoulders, The Four Fists, The Cut-Glass Bowl, May Day, O Russet Witch, Bernice Bobs Her Hair, and The Lees of Happiness. A handful are incredible: Head and Shoulders, Bernice Bobs Her Hair, and The Lees of Happiness were far and away my favourites. Benjamin Button was great, The Four Fists was fun but forgettable, and The Cut-Glass Bowl was just alright. But May Day, and O Russet Witch, while being not only the longest, were also not terribly enjoyable reads. They were lyrical and well-written, with engaging prose, but some stories were significantly more poignant than others, while Bernice Bobs Her Hair was mostly hysterical.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Simona

    Questa raccolta, pubblicata nel 1922, segna una tappa fondamentale nella vita e nella scrittura di Fitzgerald. Gli anni dell'età del jazz sono gli anni caratterizzati da feste, balli e vita mondana fino alla crisi economica e al crollo della Borsa del 1929. Gli 11 racconti della raccolta che sono accompagnati dal commento dell'autore, mostrano una vita fatta di lustrini e di paillettes, una vita effimera, a tratti frivola. Sono racconti che trattano di varie tematiche, quali la ricchezza eccessiv Questa raccolta, pubblicata nel 1922, segna una tappa fondamentale nella vita e nella scrittura di Fitzgerald. Gli anni dell'età del jazz sono gli anni caratterizzati da feste, balli e vita mondana fino alla crisi economica e al crollo della Borsa del 1929. Gli 11 racconti della raccolta che sono accompagnati dal commento dell'autore, mostrano una vita fatta di lustrini e di paillettes, una vita effimera, a tratti frivola. Sono racconti che trattano di varie tematiche, quali la ricchezza eccessiva o ancora fantasie narrative come "Il curioso caso di Benjamin Button", da cui è stato tratto il film omonimo. Di fronte a questo benessere, soprattutto materiale, si nota un certo pessimismo ben rappresentato dal racconto "Primo maggio", il migliore della raccolta. Un pessimismo dal quale ci si può risollevare rifugiandosi nella campagna, luogo dove sono ambientati gli ultimi tre racconti e che sembrano restituire una sorta di malinconia e di nostalgia per la vita genuina, vera che quell'ambiente è in grado di dare.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gitte

    One of the best short story collections I've ever read! Many of the stories felt like 5-starred reads, but some were just s0-so (hence the 4 stars). A must read for any one who enjoys excellent writing and touching stories. Somehow these stories felt more powerful than some of his novels. I was reminded what a brilliant writer Fitzgerald was.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Sciuto

    Many years ago, I was talking to a gentleman who, like myself, took great pleasure in reading amazing authors. I mentioned that, in my opinion, F. Scott Fitzgerald never fully reached the total potential he was capable of achieving. To me, despite the brilliance of "Gatsby," I always found something lacking in his works, a tragic flaw, a missing something that would have made so many more of his works comparable to Gatsby. Maybe, he should have practiced more self control, a little less partying Many years ago, I was talking to a gentleman who, like myself, took great pleasure in reading amazing authors. I mentioned that, in my opinion, F. Scott Fitzgerald never fully reached the total potential he was capable of achieving. To me, despite the brilliance of "Gatsby," I always found something lacking in his works, a tragic flaw, a missing something that would have made so many more of his works comparable to Gatsby. Maybe, he should have practiced more self control, a little less partying and a greater dedication to his work. The gentleman looked up at me and replied, "Most writers are lucky if they are able to write one great paragraph during their lifetimes. Fitzgerald wrote two great books, 'Gatsby and Tender is the Night.' Maybe more writers, should do a little more partying and not take themselves so serious." "The Jazz Age" was given to me as a gift quite a few years ago. I remember looking through it, but never reading the entire book. In a sense, I now wish I never picked it up again and read the entire book. It is a collection of autobiographical pieces that is poorly put together, like a disorganized diary, and it left me feeling empty and sorry for Mr Fitzgerald. It taught me nothing about "The Jazz Age" that I didn't already know and it sadly re-enforced my notion of Fitzgerald as a tragic figure. Yet, like always there was a touch of genius in the collection, that reminded me of "The Great Gatsby and Tender is the Night." In closing, this amazingly gifted artist writes, "It was not Monte Carlo I was looking at. It was back into the mind of the young man with cardboard soles who had walked the streets of New York. I was him again-for an instant I had the good fortune to share his dreams, I who had no more dreams of my own."

  11. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    The remarkable story "THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON" is even better then the movie which was made based on this story. This story was inspired by a remark of Mark Twain's to the effect that it was a pity that the best part of life came at the beginning and the worst part at the end. By trying the experiment upon only one man in a perfectly normal world I have scarcely given his idea a fair trial. Several weeks after completing it, I discovered an almost identical plot in Samuel Butler's "No The remarkable story "THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON" is even better then the movie which was made based on this story. This story was inspired by a remark of Mark Twain's to the effect that it was a pity that the best part of life came at the beginning and the worst part at the end. By trying the experiment upon only one man in a perfectly normal world I have scarcely given his idea a fair trial. Several weeks after completing it, I discovered an almost identical plot in Samuel Butler's "Note-books." The story was published in "Collier's" last summer and provoked this startling letter from an anonymous admirer in Cincinnati: "Sir— I have read the story Benjamin Button in Colliers and I wish to say that as a short story writer you would make a good lunatic I have seen many peices of cheese in my life but of all the peices of cheese I have ever seen you are the biggest peice. I hate to waste a piece of stationary on you but I will." Free download available at Project Gutenberg.

  12. 5 out of 5

    BrokenTune

    Over the last 10 minutes I must have switched between 3 and 4 stars about 20 times - but I did really like most of the short stories. Fitzgerald has a way of creating the not always endearing but nevertheless interesting characters in his short stories that are sadly missing in his novels (The Great Gatsby excepted).

  13. 4 out of 5

    Illiterate

    Two overlapping themes recur: (i) wasted privilege, youth, lives; (ii) all that glitters is symbolic & brittle.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jonny Parshall

    This collection of short stories, short plays, and novelettes is so varied in style and execution forming an opinion of the whole is damn near impossible. So I shall break it down tale-by-tale. The Jelly Bean ☆☆ I felt this story caricatured American Southerners rather disgracefully. The Camel's Back ☆☆☆☆ Wild, clever humor from a talented humorist. May Day ☆☆☆☆ I love the characters featured in this story's vignettes. Their interactions truly captured the age from a broad spectrum of classes and bac This collection of short stories, short plays, and novelettes is so varied in style and execution forming an opinion of the whole is damn near impossible. So I shall break it down tale-by-tale. The Jelly Bean ☆☆ I felt this story caricatured American Southerners rather disgracefully. The Camel's Back ☆☆☆☆ Wild, clever humor from a talented humorist. May Day ☆☆☆☆ I love the characters featured in this story's vignettes. Their interactions truly captured the age from a broad spectrum of classes and backgrounds. It was funny at times, and rather depressing at other moments. Porcelain and Pink ☆☆☆ Very humorous, but nothing truly amazing about this one-act play. The Diamond as Big as the Ritz ☆☆☆☆☆ This is a brilliant act of terrestrial fantasy set in Montana. While adapted to several radio and teleplays during the 1940s and 1950s, it has yet to adapt to the silver screen. Instead of constant Gatsby remakes, perhaps Hollywood should give this "gem" another look. Exciting! The Curious Case of Benjamin Button ☆☆☆☆☆(+☆!!!) For fans of the movie, it might seem fairly foreign. Though names and several plot points remain, this story is by far a more humorous version of the tale of the man who is born elderly and ages in reverse, inspired by and in the vein of Mark Twain. It was sacrilege the film removed these elements and approached the story more dramatically. Tarquin of Cheapside ☆ I have no idea what was happening in this short, cryptic passage. Had LSD been in existence in the 1920s??? Oh Russet Witch! ☆☆☆ Another example of a Fitzgerald staple--the regrets of youth realized in old age/middle age. It could be quite evident the character Caroline/Alicia Dare was based on Fitzgerald's wife, Zelda. I haven't read into the subject, but many of his young female characters seem to adapt this young and carefree flapper/dancer/socialite archetype who often spoil the dreams of ambitious young men. The Lees of Happiness ☆☆☆ Don't let the title fool you, this too is a bit of a downer filled with regret and remorse. Mr Icky ☆☆ Another strange one-act play combining the folly of old age and Fitzgerald's bizarre sense of humor. Jemina, the Mountain Girl ☆ Strange, absurd, in the vein of Tarquin of Cheapside and Mr Icky. Overall ☆☆☆☆ While most of the stories were either too strange, so-so, or downright depressing, the few truly great stories (and majority of the volume's volume) made this book a worthwhile read. Fitzgerald could be hilarious, whimsical, and captivating when he wasn't trying to be too weird. It was a different era, altogether, and a strange one to boot. I guess you should've simply "been there." As a side note, Fitzgerald makes so many references to women's feet one can't but wonder if he harbored an infatuation. Again, something I haven't read into, but of which am suspicious.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Elisha

    Overall Rating: 4.5 stars. Breakdown of Individual Ratings: 5 stars: 'The Lees of Happiness', 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button', and 'Head and Shoulders' 4.5 stars: 'The Cut-Glass Bowl' 4 stars: 'May Day', 'O Russet Witch', and 'Bernice Bobs Her Hair' 3 stars: 'The Four Fists' This is a fabulous selection of stories. If I'm going to be a Fitzgerald purist (which, admittedly, I am), I take issue with the fact that the Penguin Hardback Classics edition I read, though gorgeous, does not contain the Overall Rating: 4.5 stars. Breakdown of Individual Ratings: 5 stars: 'The Lees of Happiness', 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button', and 'Head and Shoulders' 4.5 stars: 'The Cut-Glass Bowl' 4 stars: 'May Day', 'O Russet Witch', and 'Bernice Bobs Her Hair' 3 stars: 'The Four Fists' This is a fabulous selection of stories. If I'm going to be a Fitzgerald purist (which, admittedly, I am), I take issue with the fact that the Penguin Hardback Classics edition I read, though gorgeous, does not contain the full contents of the original short story collection entitled Tales of the Jazz Age which Fitzgerald published in 1922. Only four 'highlights' from that collection ('Benjamin Button', 'The Lees of Happiness', 'May Day', and 'O Russet Witch') feature in here; the other four were originally published in Flappers and Philosophers (1920). Whilst I would highly recommend this edition as an introduction to Fitzgerald's short story writing because the selection is absolutely stellar (although I will never understand HOW 'The Diamond as Big as the Ritz' was omitted), I think it should be clarified that this is not reflective of any publication that Fitzgerald himself ever made. If you wish to read the original Tales of the Jazz Age, complete with the author's charming notes on each individual story, I recommend the cheap-and-cheerful Collins Classics edition entitled The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Tales of the Jazz Age. It may not be as pretty as this edition, but it has 'The Diamond as Big as the Ritz' and 'Porcelain and Pink' in it, so that really doesn't matter. I shall now get down from off of my soap box and talk about what I DID like about this deceptive but wonderful collection of short stories. This is a fine selection of some of the greatest highlights of Fitzgerald's early career, and it makes for a wonderful introduction to this author. I question some of the inclusions - 'The Four Fists' is decidedly meh amongst the other stories, and I don't believe that 'O Russet Witch' should have been chosen ahead of other notable Tales of the Jazz Age - but thematically and in terms of length these choices are sound. There's magical realism and (light) fantasy, there's flappers and philosophers, there's young love and premature death, there's dreams and reality, there's parties and riots... These eight stories cover a wide range of topics and remain utterly identifiable even when read back-to-back. They're all so beautifully written and achingly romantic too. Fitzgerald disliked much of his short story writing, but I'm very much endeared by it. The selection of what is arguably the best of the best in this edition will surely lead many others to feel the same. Of the eight stories in here, I'd read exactly half before - the four from the original Tales of the Jazz Age. 'The Lees of Happiness' became one of my all-time favourite short stories when I read it for the first time and remains so having read it again. It's so beautiful and poetic and it's incredibly sad, yet it maintains a hopeful quality throughout which, in a way, makes it all the more painful. If I were to recommend any one Fitzgerald story for anyone to read, however, it would be 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'. That story is just an utter joy. So clever and thoughtful, yet also so funny and enjoyable. It was even better second time around than it was the first, and that is testament to just how utterly wonderful it is. My opinion on 'O Russet Witch' also improved second time around, although I still wouldn't call it a favourite. And 'May Day'... I really want to love 'May Day', and both times that I've read it I've been absolutely captivated by its beginning, but I just find it far longer than necessary. It loses it momentum about halfway, which is a shame because there's some real quality in there. All of these stories are very good stories though, and I got just as much - if not more - out of them the second time as I did the first. Of the stories that were new to me, 'Head and Shoulders' was BY FAR my favourite. It's just so clever? And the twist at the end is so unexpected? It made me laugh aloud but also made me want to squeal with joy. It's such an endearing, lovely story and I'm glad to have read it at last. 'The Cut-Glass Bowl' was also a highlight. Although I found it a little slow getting started, I loved the almost magical realism/fantasy elements of it which suggested that the bowl was cursed. Again, the ending completely got to me, making me gasp aloud a little bit and read it over again. 'Bernice Bobs Her Hair' - one of Fitzgerald's most famous stories - I thought was charming. I particularly liked the ending (again!) and I thought that it offered an interesting comment on the flapper image of the day and how it fitted with the expected role of women. In comparison with the rest of these, 'The Four Fists' was very disappointing. It's been a little while since I read it now and I'm struggling to recall much of what happened in it. I didn't dislike it - not by any means - but it was by far the weakest of the collection for me. Overall, though, I was impressed by these new-to-me stories, and I'll be sure to read the rest of Flappers and Philosophers one day to see how it compares. All things considered, reading this book was a wonderful experience. Despite my rather pretentious complainants at the beginning of this review, I do think that this edition is worthwhile because it showcases Fitzgerald at his story writing best. Admittedly, a lot of these stories are slow on the build-up and that sometimes detracts from their quality, but no one is claiming that this man is the greatest short story writer of all time. He's primarily known for his novels for a reason. However, I believe that his stories are definitely still worth reading, and seven of these eight definitely come recommended by me. Plus, the Penguin Hardback Classics edition of this book is absolutely stunning. When you look at it that way, is there really any reason not to read it?

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    It's been over a decade since I've read anything by F. Scott Fitzgerald and I had forgotten how much I enjoy him. Not every story in this collection is brilliant, in fact, the table of contents is fairly self-deprecating with a brief write-up by Fitzgerald about the story and where it was initially published. But when the stories are good, I don't want them to end. He can set a scene and dialogue beautifully and makes you feel like part of the story, only to hit you with something wonderfully ab It's been over a decade since I've read anything by F. Scott Fitzgerald and I had forgotten how much I enjoy him. Not every story in this collection is brilliant, in fact, the table of contents is fairly self-deprecating with a brief write-up by Fitzgerald about the story and where it was initially published. But when the stories are good, I don't want them to end. He can set a scene and dialogue beautifully and makes you feel like part of the story, only to hit you with something wonderfully absurd to stir up your enchantment. I don't know why I waited so long to revisit F. Scott Fitzgerald, but I won't wait another decade to do it again.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Safa Tarkan

    Okumam uzun sürdü ama sevdim. F. Scott Fitzgerald'an nedense uzak durmuşumdur. Bilmiyorum. Romanları da aynı tattaysa bir an önce okumalı. Öykülerin hepsi aynı kalibrede değiller. Ama çoğu oldukça hoş. Zaten bir yıldız o kadar da güzel olmayan bir kaç öykü yüzünden eksik.

  18. 5 out of 5

    E.C. McCarthy

    Fitzgerald observes the world from a sweet spot no other writer can find. He's close enough to maintain warmth, honesty, and intimacy with his characters, but just far enough away that he renders their imperfections, and the ugliness of the world they live in, without disdain. He's the long-ago friend who gently preserves the memory of everything good about the past without turning his cheek to the present. The final short story in the collection, The Lees of Happiness, is particularly poignant. Fitzgerald observes the world from a sweet spot no other writer can find. He's close enough to maintain warmth, honesty, and intimacy with his characters, but just far enough away that he renders their imperfections, and the ugliness of the world they live in, without disdain. He's the long-ago friend who gently preserves the memory of everything good about the past without turning his cheek to the present. The final short story in the collection, The Lees of Happiness, is particularly poignant. "She was in his room constantly, bearing medicine, straightening a pillow, talking to him almost as one talks to a nearly human dog, without hope of response or appreciation, but with the dim persuasion of habit, a prayer when faith has gone."

  19. 4 out of 5

    Andy

    Downloads of "Tales of the Jazz Age" are FREE on iTunes, and so far I think this is a great collection. I really enjoyed this side of Fitzgerald, which is a little more light-hearted than his full-length novel output.:) The books is divided into two sections: his great jazz age work and his bizarre fantasy tales. While I didn't dislike his fantasy tales (Diamond As Big As Ritz, Benjamin Button)I found them too jarring set against his more timely Twenties stories, the dynamics being so different t Downloads of "Tales of the Jazz Age" are FREE on iTunes, and so far I think this is a great collection. I really enjoyed this side of Fitzgerald, which is a little more light-hearted than his full-length novel output.:) The books is divided into two sections: his great jazz age work and his bizarre fantasy tales. While I didn't dislike his fantasy tales (Diamond As Big As Ritz, Benjamin Button)I found them too jarring set against his more timely Twenties stories, the dynamics being so different they almost seemed at odds with each other. But all in all, this is a great introduction to the strange world of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Recommended listening: Chambermaid Swing, The Mojo Radio Gang & Charleston Butterfly by Parov Stelar.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I really enjoyed this collection and liked seeing Fitzgerald's range as a writer. "Love is fragile, but perhaps the pieces are saved, the things that hovered on lips, that might have been said. The new love words, the tendernesses learned, are treasured up for the next lover." "I smell sweet, I was made for love." "everybody's youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness"

  21. 5 out of 5

    Diletta

    Ho adorato immensamente la prima parte, meno la seconda. "Primo Maggio" è qualcosa che va letto, come ognuno sente di "dover" leggere "Il grande Gatsby" o "Belli e Dannati". Anzi, ho trovato in questi racconti i grandi temi di Fitzgerald (che cosa brutta da dire "i grandi temi", ma ci siamo capiti no?), ma ancora più ricchi, più dinamici.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Isabel

    Basically everything F. Scott Fitzgerald has written is pure gold. It took me a long time to finish because I read one short story at a time, and didn't want the book to end because every story is written so beautifully.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Winter Sophia Rose

    Engaging, Insightful & Fascinating! I Loved It!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Pink

    This just didn't do it for me. There are a couple of great stories (Benjamin Button, The Diamond as big as the Ritz), but the rest left me underwhelmed.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    Only a few gems in here. Benjamin Button of course stands out. Not my favorite of his collected short works though.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Charles

    While, in my opinion, 'Tales of the Jazz Age' (1922) does not offer as good a selection as 'Flappers and Philosophers' (1920), even though it is more varied, 'Tales of the Jazz Age' is still an entertaining and an illuminating read; which is characteristic of Fitzgerald. 'Tales of the Jazz Age' includes some of Fitzgerald's better-known stories, featuring, for instance, fantasies such as 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' and 'The Diamond as Big as The Ritz' (one of my favourites and a story w While, in my opinion, 'Tales of the Jazz Age' (1922) does not offer as good a selection as 'Flappers and Philosophers' (1920), even though it is more varied, 'Tales of the Jazz Age' is still an entertaining and an illuminating read; which is characteristic of Fitzgerald. 'Tales of the Jazz Age' includes some of Fitzgerald's better-known stories, featuring, for instance, fantasies such as 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' and 'The Diamond as Big as The Ritz' (one of my favourites and a story which tends to overshadow all the other pieces). 'The Camel's Back', 'May Day', 'O Russet Witch!' and 'The Lees of Happiness' also are noteworthy stories, even though they're not quite as popular. However, the remaining few stories which I did not mention, while amusing, do lack any sort of epic grandeur. 'Tales of the Jazz Age': My Last Flappers 1) The Jelly-Bean: This is another of Fitzgerald's renowned flapper stories; a sequel to 'The Ice Palace', which is featured in 'Flappers and Philosophers' and which, in my opinion, is undoubtedly superior to 'The Jelly-Bean'. Fitzgerald credits, for the first time, his wife, Zelda Sayre, as being his collaborator in the crap-shooting scene. As a story which focuses on the Southern perspective, it retains some interest, especially to the student of English literature, but that's about it. ~3.75/5 2) The Camel's Back: I really enjoyed this delightful story, even if Fitzgerald didn't for some reason or another ("I like it least of all the stories in this volume"). The sham-marriage plot-twist provides a humorous dynamic to the story, while Fitzgerald states "that the camel part of the story is literally true," therefore accentuating the story's appeal. Very interesting. ~4.25/5 3) May Day: This is my review for another edition According to Fitzgerald himself, 'May Day' is flawed. Nevertheless, most critics and readers generally agree on one thing, that it ranks among the best Fitzgerald has penned even if they did not necessarily like it. Confused much? Well, I found this piece of criticism to sum up all the flaws and merits of 'May Day' perfectly: "a discordant piece that captures the silliness and pathos, the banality and vitality of the Jazz Age, whose opening it heralds and dramatizes." -Robert Roulston Roulston goes on to argue that its lack of a coherent synthesis is part of its message. 'May Day' should make a lot more sense with that in mind. ~4.25/5 4) Porcelain and Pink: 'Porcelain and Pink' is a very strange play that could have only been written by an eccentric author like Fitzgerald. However, that sort of eccentricity is what really made Fitzgerald the writer we all love today. 'Porcelain and Pink' is silly and short, and it shows that is one of his first stories he had written, yet it is characteristically Fitzgerald as well, and that is good enough for me. ~4/5 Fantasies 5) The Diamond as Big as the Ritz: This is my review for another edition. This is definitely one of my favourite short stories of all time, and that is not just from any of Fitzgerald's short story collections. Besides being a story of extraordinary imagination, wit and genius, 'The Diamond as Big as The Ritz' also functions as a social satire and as an allegory of greed, as many critics have noted. Fitzgerald should have wrote more stories like this one, he was born to write stories of this fantastical calibre. ~5/5 6) The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: Based on an original concept by Mark Twain, Fitzgerald realized Twain's unique idea, of a person who is born old and who dies young, in fiction for what he considered to be the first time (he learned afterwards that Samuel Butler had written a similar plot in his 'Note-Books' as well). It was never an easy task to accomplish, but I think Fitzgerald has done a pretty good job, especially considering the manner in which he managed to interweave a consistent thematic framework throughout. There is a modern film adaptation of the same name, starring Brad Pitt in one of his career-defining performances in my opinion, which has also done a pretty good job of adapting this short story. ~4.25/5 7) Tarquin of Cheapside: Another strange story, but one which leaves you more perplexed than anything else. I understand that this was written when Fitzgerald was still an undergraduate student at Princeton though, so there is a justification for its inclusion of a sort. ~3.5/5 8) O Russet Witch!: Now this is more like the Fitzgerald that I know and love. 'O Russet Witch!' is a masterpiece, not from just this collection but from all the short-stories ever written. At first, however, 'O Russet Witch!' makes very little sense, so be prepared to stick through it and to give it the chance it deserves. The story really kicks off when Merlin decides to marry Olive, and when there is such a clear and poignant juxtaposition between Olive and the flapper Caroline. The proposal scene at Pulpat's is just pure genius, and is definitely one of the best scenes and chapters in this collection. I feel that there is an underlying critique of the ideology and mentality of the bourgeois as well, throughout the story. In short, 'O Russet Witch!' is certainly one of the better stories in 'Tales of the Jazz Age'. Brilliant. ~4.5/5 Unclassified Masterpieces 9) The Lees of Happiness: This is my review for another edition The American Dream does not equal happiness. Most of Fitzgerald's work deals with the disintegration of the American Dream, in fact. The aura of tragedy and failure that permeates throughout 'The Lees of Happiness', and throughout the marriage of Jeffrey and Roxanne, is a good indication of this recurrent theme. Even the title indicates as much. However, besides Fitzgerald's disillusionment, 'The Lees of Happiness' is a sad love story that was too naive to survive for long in the 'new world'. ~4.5/5 10) Mr Icky: Besides having the dubious "distinction of being the only magazine piece ever written in a New York hotel," there is nothing really to comment on this one, unlike all the others. Its inclusion was superfluous. ~2.5/5 11) Jemina, The Mountain Girl: Obviously, there is no sort of literary pretensions in these two final stories. But still, besides their oddity and humorous nature, it would have been better if these stories had been left to slip into obscurity. ~3/5 Overall: 4/5 Personally, I would have concluded 'Tales of the Jazz' with 'The Lees of Happiness'. As it is, 'Flappers and Philosophers' offers a better selection and a more refined taste of the true Fitzgerald standard.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bay

    I was afraid of getting disappointed. How could I not after loving The Great Gatsby so much? It felt to good to be true, but to my great fortune it was true! 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' is just as brilliant and entertaining as The Great Gatsby! Every short story's language is magnificent and flows so beautifully and every short story provokes the reader with new feelings; it's a roller-coaster! I do normally not like short stories collections that much (which is why I chose this as my n I was afraid of getting disappointed. How could I not after loving The Great Gatsby so much? It felt to good to be true, but to my great fortune it was true! 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' is just as brilliant and entertaining as The Great Gatsby! Every short story's language is magnificent and flows so beautifully and every short story provokes the reader with new feelings; it's a roller-coaster! I do normally not like short stories collections that much (which is why I chose this as my next Fitzgerald-pick; if it was bad, I would just tell myself it was because it was short stories). But now I am no longer afraid to try another one of this genius' works! If I can get excited about short stories, then nothing else can go wrong!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jenni

    Some of these stories I really liked and others not so much. The fantasies were my favorite. There were great moments of description, narrative and characterization that were quintessentially F. Scott Fitzgerald—I very much enjoyed those.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ary Corty

    Fitzgerald, amore mio.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Pat

    This short story collection was written very early in Fitzgerald's career (1922), and you can tell. there are moments of brilliance, such as "Oh Russet Witch" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." There are moments of great comedy, such as "The Camel's Back," and there are moments of Hollywood blockbuster type action, such as "The Diamond as Big as the Ritz." There is also "May Day," which is on the verge of greatness but could have used some fine tuning. Unfortunately, there are also sever This short story collection was written very early in Fitzgerald's career (1922), and you can tell. there are moments of brilliance, such as "Oh Russet Witch" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." There are moments of great comedy, such as "The Camel's Back," and there are moments of Hollywood blockbuster type action, such as "The Diamond as Big as the Ritz." There is also "May Day," which is on the verge of greatness but could have used some fine tuning. Unfortunately, there are also several stories that a more mature author would have never allowed to see the light of day. These are stories that were over-indulgent moments from a young author who admits in the introduction of the book that they were written more to entertain himself than anything else. You can see the burgeoning brilliance that will write The Great Gatsby and Tender Is the Night, but it isn't quite here yet with the exception of a few stories.

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