Monday 5 February 2024

Book Review: I'd Die for You and Other Lost Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Modern Classics)

Title: I'd Die for You and Other Lost Stories
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Genre: Modern Classics
Source: Xmas Gift

I’d Die For You is a collection of the last remaining unpublished and uncollected short stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald did not design the stories in I’d Die For You as a collection. Most were submitted individually to major magazines during the 1930s and accepted for publication during Fitzgerald’s lifetime, but were never printed. Some were written as movie scenarios and sent to studios or producers, but not filmed. Others are stories that could not be sold because their subject matter or style departed from what editors expected of Fitzgerald. They date from the earliest days of Fitzgerald’s career to the last. They come from various sources, from libraries to private collections, including those of Fitzgerald’s family.


I'd Die for You and Other Lost Stories is an intriguing and insightful collection of previously unpublished stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Some of the tales are classic examples of his works, while others are interesting for their different tone as he explored other styles of writing (albeit unsuccessfully since he couldn't get them published in his lifetime). As I say with any short story collection, there are of course some tales that appealed to me more than others, but as a complete collection, everything within this book's pages is worth reading whether you are already of fan of Fitzgerald's writing or are coming to it for the first time. I am giving this book 4.5 stars.

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