|About the Book|
These stories were all written for magazines, and are perfect examples of slick magazine fiction. Each one is engaging, well-written, moving, and has much evidence of the sophisticated style and high seriousness which characterizes Fitzgeralds later work. Often they contain a good deal of very engaging wit and humor.All that being said: they are not worth reading, unless one is interested in Fitzgeralds growth as a writer (which I am). Fitzgeralds efforts to pander to the magazine reader of the early 1920s results in much superficial sentiment that rings patently false. These were, however, early stories, and I look forward to witnessing his progress towards that triumph of the first-person narrative, The Great Gatsby.