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Happy New Year! Here are the F Scott Fitzgerald stories that as of today are public domain! Feel free to write that opera you've always wanted to based on the Basil stories (but no Josephine for a few more years). ...
My fav Fitz stories!
Better get started writing!
Awaiting the Pat Hobby stories!
The Freshest Boy is my favourite FSF short story. The universal story of being a precocious child. Outside the Cabinet Makers is also great.
Only in the USA, right? 🤔🤔
Does anyone have a citation (or link) to the complete list of Fitzgerald short stories? I've heard different numbers, 171, 180, etc. and am looking for the complete list.
📚 I am told coins left on the grave are saved to purchase books at the local library. facebook.com/groups/133205788736543/permalink/774686657921783/?mibextid=oMANbw facebook.com/cullen.tiernan
Check this out! youtu.be/bQziPUFpjmc?si=q0sGjARgHItG3rHk
We've been struggling for the past week to find the words to make this announcement, but many of you have heard it already: our friend and colleague David Ullrich passed away last Tuesday, Dec. 5, in Birmingham, Alabama, after a long bout with brain cancer.
David was a member of the Fitzgerald Review editorial board and one of the editors of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Beautiful and Damned: New Critical Essays (2022). He was also an amazing writer and literary critic. His own contribution to the B&D collection, "Fatherly Designs and Childish Behaviors, Or Anthony Comstock vs. Tanalahaka in The Beautiful and Damned," is a tour de force that illuminates the historical background of censorship and immigration that the novel takes place against.
As he worked on that piece, David also contributed a characteristically rich and humorous essay to the 2021 Review called “Mr. Fitzgerald—I believe that is how he spells his name—seems to think that plagiarism begins at home”: A Reading of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald’s “Friend Husband’s Latest”. It takes on the whole "plagiarism begins at home" conflict between Scott and Zelda and puts it in new light. David had a wonderful talent for seizing upon a thread of a phrase or image and unspooling a thread of significance.
David was much beloved in the Society for his friendship and wit. He was also a great mentor to students and fellow faculty at the institution where he taught between 1986 and 2022, Birmingham Southern College. What folks may not have known was that he was a talented sculptor as well. If you'd like to learn more about him, David's wife Joanne has posted an obituary here: obits.al.com/us/obituaries/birmingham/name/david-ullrich-obituary?id=53837674. We'll have a fuller appreciation of David's contributions to Fitzgerald studies in the next Society newsletter.
For now, we'd like to note that a celebration of David's life will be held at Ridouts Valley Chapel, 1800 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, AL 35209 on Thursday, January 18, 2024 from 6 to 8 p.m. ...
A beautiful tribute to such a great man. He’ll be remembered and his work cherished. Go well, David.
I had the pleasure of presenting on a panel with him. He was very gracious to me, a novice. Glad to have met him. Sorry I won’t have the chance to learn more from, and about him.
I’m so very sorry to hear of this loss to our beloved community. 😢
Such sad news! I've really enjoyed hanging out with Dave at conferences over the years. My condolences to his family. Dave will be sorely missed.
Too sad. Condolences to his family and friends. A huge loss for us all. Robin Boynton and Polly Curtiss
I wanted to share this photo from yesterday evening’s celebration of life… this FSF Society table theme brought a smile, and I thought it may do the same for others here. Just out of frame, a program from the 7th international conference in Vevey Switzerland!
Such sad news.
So sorry to hear this.
I’m so sorry.
A great loss for sure but as far as FSF plagiarism I’ve read all of Zelda’s works and it’s more of her attempting to copy Scott’s style rather than vice-versa. And I say that as someone who is highly pro-Alabamian.
Sorry to learn of this.
The Fitzgerald Society is excited to announce that we are helping sponsor this production on December 9th! It's gonna be a fantastic production. If you're in the NJ/NY or anywhere in the northeast next month, please join us at Montclair State University! ...
We are so grateful and look forward to this!
Oh, I wish I could be there. I miss New York so much, and this looks to be fabulous! Pictures and videos, please?! 🙃🌼
What Gatsby? 🤔🤔🤭🤭
Exciting! Just to let you know that FSF and Gatsby are alive and well in Canada too! This is a University drama club production taking place this week in Ottawa: www.thegladstone.ca/the-great-gatsby/
Greetings from our president, Jackson Bryer!
Board member Erin Templeton during the summer of 2019 in the room in which Scott and Zelda stayed in 1926 in Salies-de-Béarn, France:
Two of our members from Brasil, Marcela Lanius and Roberta Fabbri Viscardi, also in Salies-de-Béarn in 2019 (the last time we could all be together!):