The short stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald earned the writer popular and financial success while he lived in extravagant style and worked on his novels. While The Great Gatsby is considered F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece, some of his short stories are more well known than other Fitzgerald novels.
Flappers and Philosophers (1920)
This collection of short stories, which revealed the life and times of Jazz Age characters, was written just after Fitzgerald found success with his first novel. Characters that embraced the Roaring Twenties lifestyle are featured prominently, from women who smoked and swore to men who drank heavily and partied all night. The common themes of dreams versus disillusionment appear often in Fitzgerald's work, and these short stories capture that era of directionless prosperity. Stories include "Bernice Bobs Her Hair," "Benediction" and "The Four Fists."
Tales of the Jazz Age (1922)
The story, "The Diamond as Big as the Ritz," became one of Fitzgerald's best known and appeared in his second collection of short stories. Also appearing in the book were "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "May Day," "Mr. Icky" and "Jemima." Each tale captures the drifting and aimless intentions of the 1920s youth, especially the ones born to wealth and privilege.
The Basil and Josephine Stories (1928-1930)
These interlinked short stories about Basil Duke Lee were first published in the Saturday Evening Post and featured a teenage boy experiencing life, such as a first kiss, a first job and heading to college. In 1930, Fitzgerald wrote about Josephine Perry, who lived in a wealthy home in Chicago. In the 1980s, the stories were published together as The Basil and Josephine Stories.
The Pat Hobby Stories (1940)
When Fitzgerald moved to Hollywood to write scripts, he dabbled in short stories about a script writer. First published in Esquire magazine, all 17 Pat Hobby stories are comic adventures of the main character attempting to scheme money out of his boss, acquaintances and friends. It's a satirical look at the glamorous Hollywood lifestyle where Fitzgerald lived the last part of his life.