Tales of The Jazz Age (Google eBook)

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Digireads.com Publishing, Jan 1, 2005 - Fiction - 164 pages
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"Tales of the Jazz Age" is a collection of stories and dramas that exemplifies a classic period in American history. At the beginning of the roaring twenties it was a period in which Jazz, a truly American art form, would become the most popular form of music in America. It was a time in America that Fitzgerald's writing is most identified with. Contained within this volume are the following stories: The Jelly-Bean, The Camel's Back, May Day, The Diamond as Big as the Ritz, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Tarquin of Cheapside, "O Russet Witch!", The Lees of Happiness, Jemina, and the two short dramas, Porcelain and Pink, and Mr. Icky.
  

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Contents

MY LAST FLAPPERS
6
THE CAMELS BACK
18
MAYDAY
35
PORCELAIN AND PINK
68
FANTASIES
75
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
100
TARQUIN OF CHEAPSIDE
116
O RUSSET WITCH
121
UNCLASSIFIED MASTERPIECES
140
MR ICKY
154
JEMINA
158
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About the author (2005)

F(rancis) Scott Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, on September 24, 1896. He was educated at Princeton University and served in the U.S. Army from 1917 to 1919, attaining the rank of second lieutenant. In 1920 Fitzgerald married Zelda Sayre, a young woman of the upper class, and they had a daughter, Frances. Fitzgerald is regarded as one of the finest American writers of the 20th Century. His most notable work was the novel, The Great Gatsby (1925). The novel focused on the themes of the Roaring Twenties and of the loss of innocence and ethics among the nouveau riche. He also made many contributions to American literature in the form of short stories, plays, poetry, music, and letters. Ernest Hemingway, who was greatly influenced by Fitzgerald's short stories, wrote that Fitzgerald's talent was "as fine as the dust on a butterfly's wing." Yet during his lifetime Fitzgerald never had a bestselling novel and, toward the end of his life, he worked sporadically as a screenwriter at motion picture studios in Los Angeles. There he contributed to scripts for such popular films as Winter Carnival and Gone with the Wind. Fitzgerald's work is inseparable from the Roaring 20s. Berenice Bobs Her Hair and A Diamond As Big As The Ritz, are two short stories included in his collections, Tales of the Jazz Age and Flappers and Philosophers. His first novel The Beautiful and Damned was flawed but set up Fitzgerald's major themes of the fleeting nature of youthfulness and innocence, unattainable love, and middle-class aspiration for wealth and respectability, derived from his own courtship of Zelda. This Side of Paradise (1920) was Fitzgerald's first unqualified success. Tender Is the Night, a mature look at the excesses of the exuberant 20s, was published in 1934. Much of Fitzgerald's work has been adapted for film, including Tender is the Night , The Great Gatsby, and Babylon Revisited which was adapted as The Last Time I Saw Paris by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1954. The Last Tycoon, adapted by Paramount in 1976, was a work in progress when Fitzgerald died of a heart attack on December 21, 1940, in Hollywood, California. Fitzgerald is buried in St. Mary's Cemetery in Rockville, Maryland.

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