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Stories in the Public Domain
F. Scott Fitzgerald called his 1922 short story “Winter Dreams” a “sort of 1st draft of the Gatsby idea.” While the story has been in the public domain since 1998, copies of Metropolitan Magazine in which it originally appeared are exceedingly rare. Unlike other magazines in which Fitzgerald published such as The Saturday Evening Post, there’s no complete archive of issues to peruse. We’re happy to present a .pdf of what “Winter Dreams” originally looked like in Metropolitan, complete with illustrations.
Courtesy of the Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival, Sarah Churchwell and Kirk Curnutt discuss connections between F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zora Neale Hurston that illuminate both writers.
Courtesy of The Friends of the St. Paul Library, Philip McGowan discusses the significance of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s debut novel, This Side of Paradise. As series editor for the Oxford World Classics centennial editions of Fitzgerald’s works, Dr. McGowan edited and wrote the notes for this new edition of the novel that kicked off the Jazz Age; he also handpicked the editors to produce subsequent editions.
We can’t embed this one, but we can provide the link (which you’ll have to copy and paste into a browser window): In this video from the 2020 F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival in Rockville MD, James L. W. West III, Jackson R. Bryer, and Kirk Curnutt debate the future of The Great Gatsby as it enters the public domain on January 1, 2021. The discussion starts at the 1 hour mark … BUT! You don’t want to miss the winners of the Fitzgerald Short Story Writing Contest reading their entries. They are GREAT!