Babylon Revisited: Short Story

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HarperCollins Canada, Jan 29, 2013 - Fiction - 25 pages
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As a young, wealthy, and good-looking man, Charlie fit right into the jazz-age scene. But when his easy life comes crashing down with the stock market in 1929, Charlie ends up losing his passionate young wife and his daughter, Honoria. As Charlie sets out to convince his in-laws to return his daughter to his care, he reminisces about the life he lived and the path that led to his current state.

“Babylon Revisited” is a semi-autobiographical story based on the period in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s life when his wife, Zelda, was committed to a sanitarium. During that time, Fitzgerald’s sister-in-law, blaming him for her sister’s state of mind, tried to adopt the couple’s daughter. The story was adapted into the 1954 movie The Last Time I Saw Paris starring Elizabeth Taylor and Van Johnson.

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F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. Upon graduating from Princeton, he served in the Army and worked briefly in advertising. He married his wife, Zelda, in 1920, a week after his first novel, This Side of Paradise, was published. His works, considered by many to be classics, include The Great Gatsby, Tender is the Night, and the uncompleted The Last Tycoon. He died of a heart attack at the age of 44.

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