The Dust on a Butterfly’s Wings
F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Dust on a Butterfly's Wings represents a comprehensive attempt to gather the very best of the forgotten early works of F. Scott Fitzgerald into a single volume. These short stories have for decades enjoyed a certain status as "lost" pieces, due to the author's own failure to reprint them in either of his first two compilations, Flappers and Philosophers (1920) and Tales of the Jazz Age (1922), and the tendency of editors in later collections to favor more celebrated titles from the rich Fitzgerald canon. In addition to making these works available in a digital format for the very first time, this volume affords a unique glimpse into the extraordinary early career of this elegant voice of the Lost Generation, beginning with a series of brilliant short stories published just as his masterpiece The Great Gatsby was taking shape and reaching back to a set of exceptional writings dating from his final months in college. (Text excerpted from the foreword by the collection's editor, P. C. Weber).
All proceeds from the sale of this book are being donated to the Stop TB Partnership to help fight the current worldwide epidemic of tuberculosis.
PUBLICATION DATE: May 22, 2012
"The Popular Girl" (The Saturday Evening Post, February 1922)
"Two for a Cent" (Metropolitan Magazine, April 1922)
"The Smilers" (The Smart Set, June 1920)
"Myra Meets His Family" (The Saturday Evening Post, March 1920)
"The Débutante" (The Smart Set, November 1919)
"Babes in the Woods" (The Smart Set, September 1919)
"The Spire and the Gargoyle" (Nassau Literary Magazine, February 1917)
NOTE: The versions of "The Débutante" and "Babes in the Woods" in The Dust on a Butterfly's Wings are distinct from those in The Princeton Collection.
The first five pages of "The Popular Girl" (the opening story in The Dust on a Butterfly's Wings) are presented in this preview.
ALONG ABOUT HALF-PAST ten every Saturday night Yanci Bowman eluded her partner by some graceful subterfuge and from the dancing floor went to point of vantage overlooking the country-club bar. When she saw her father she would either beckon to him, if he chanced to be looking in her direction, or else she would dispatch a waiter to call attention to her impendent presence. If it were no later than half-past ten—that is, if he had had no more than an hour of synthetic gin rickeys—he would get up from his chair and suffer himself to be persuaded into the ballroom… See more
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