The Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald (A Scribner Classic)

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What we know of that unique period in American history labeled the Jazz Age has been defined by F. Scott Fitzgerald's piercing fiction.

His short stories brilliantly realize an era both exploding with opportunity and seething with decadence. His prose captures the melancholy lacquered over with merriment, the corruption interlaced with the glamour, all refracted through a spectrum of human lives.

Here, Caedmon has assembled an extraordinary cast of stage and screen stars to bring Fitzgerald's early work to resonant life. His characters (some passionate, some comic, some tragic) take on an extra dimension when interpreted aloud by these fine actors.

This collection both honors and enhances Fitzgerald's already irreplaceable position in American letters. Each return listening will bring even more emotional impact to each story.

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About the Author:

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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Seven classic short stories and two novellas, rich in the poetry and social history of their author, make up this anthology of Fitzgerald's fiction. The actors are all excellent. Blythe Danner performs "Bernice Bobs Her Hair" with warmth, humor, and humanity. She gives a thrilling reading of a wonderfully satisfying coming-of-age story. Martha Plimpton brings "The Ice Palace" to rich life in its striking first sentence: "The sunlight dripped over the house like golden paint over an art jar." Robert Sean Leonard captures the fun and fantasy of "The Diamond as Big as the Ritz," Campbell Scott the tragic drama of "May Day." One finishes these stories, so redolent of the desperate hopes and decadence of their age, with a desire to return to the first tape and admire them again. G.H. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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