She was an impulsive, fashionable and carefree 1920s woman who embodied the essence of the Gatsby Girl — F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wife, Zelda. As Fitzgerald said, “I married the heroine of my stories.” All of the eight short stories contained in this collection were inspired by Zelda.
Fitzgerald, one of the foremost writers of American fiction, found early success as a short story writer for the most widely read magazine of the early 20th century — the Saturday Evening Post. Fitzgerald’s stories, first published by the Post between 1920 and 1922, brought the Jazz Age and the “flapper” to life and confirmed that America was changing faster than ever before. Women were bobbing their hair, drinking and flirting shamelessly, and Fitzgerald brought these exciting Gatsby Girls to life in the pages of the Post.
Join the lively discussion of each of the stories in Fitzgerald’s Gatsby Girls between Kirk Curnutt, professor and chair of English at Troy University’s Montgomery Campus in Montgomery, Alabama, and Ashley Gordon of “Reading for the Rest of Us.”
Fitzgerald’s Gatsby Girls: Head and Shoulders (Full Discussion)
Fitzgerald’s Gatsby Girls: Myra Meets His Family (Full Discussion)
Fitzgerald’s Gatsby Girls: The Camel’s Back (Full Discussion)
Bernice Bobs Her Hair (Full Discussion)
The Ice Palace (Full Discussion)
The Off Shore Pirate (Full Version)
The Popular Girl (Full Version)
The Fitzgerald Credo
Love As Performance Art
Different From The Great Gatsby
Addressing The Reader
The Purpose of Romance Fiction