The mid to late 1930’s were a dark time for Fitzgerald, and the literature he produced was reflective of the difficulty he was subject to. Much of what he wrote from this period remained unpublished, until now. The people at Scribner are finally gracing readers with a collection of these stories, the last of Fitzgerald’s work. They claim the author was unable to sell because the “subject matter or style departed from what editors expected of [the author] in the 1930s.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald dealt with quite a bit towards the end of his career. His wife, Zelda was interned at a Sanitorium in the North Carolina mountains, where she was being treated for schizophrenia. Fitzgerald moved out there to be near her, living as a recluse resigned to alcoholism and grief, before moving back to Hollywood three years before his death.
I’d Die For You, the collection’s titular story, draws heavily on Fitzgerald’s time in North Carolina. The collection explores his versatility and mastery of short fiction. It also serves as a testament to his dedication to the art, what with many of the stories remaining unpublished until now due to his unwillingness to edit or censor them. Scribner adds:
“Rather than permit changes and sanitising by his contemporary editors, Fitzgerald preferred to let his work remain unpublished, even at a time when he was in great need of money and review attention.”
We can all look forward to exploring the darker, more human Fitzgerald come April 2017.
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