Anne Margaret Daniel, "I'd Die for You: And Other Lost Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald"

Please join us and editor Anne Margaret Daniel for the book launch of "I'd Die For You," a collection of the last remaining unpublished and uncollected short stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Most the stories in "I'd Die For You" were submitted individually to major magazines during the 1930s and accepted for publication during Fitzgerald's lifetime, but were never printed. Some were written as movie scenarios and sent to studios or producers, but not filmed. They date from the earliest days of Fitzgerald's career to the last. They come from various sources, from libraries to private collections, including those of Fitzgerald's family. Some of the eighteen stories were physically lost, coming to light only in the past few years. All were lost, in one sense or another: lost in the painful shuffle of the difficulties of Fitzgerald's life in the middle 1930s; lost to readers because contemporary editors did not understand or accept what he was trying to write; lost because archives are like that, and good things can wait patiently in libraries for many centuries sometimes.

The collection's title story, is drawn from Fitzgerald's stays in the mountains of North Carolina when his health, and that of his wife Zelda, was falling apart. With the addition of a Hollywood starand film crew to the Smoky Mountain lakes and pines, Fitzgerald brings in the cinematic world in which he would soon be living. Most of the stories printed here come from this time period, during the middle and late 1930s, though the collection spans Fitzgerald's career from 1920 to the end of his life. Written in his characteristically beautiful, sharp, and surprising language, exploring themes both familiar and fresh, these stories provide new insight into the bold and uncompromising arc of Fitzgerald's career. I'd Die For You is a revealing, intimate look at Fitzgerald's creative process that shows him to be a writer working at the fore of modern literature--in all its developing complexities.

                                       

Anne Margaret Daniel was born and raised in Virginia. She teaches literature at the New School University in New York City. Her articles, essays, notes, and reviews, covering topics from Oscar Wilde's trials to Bob Dylan and contemporary music, have appeared for the past twenty years in books, critical editions, magazines, and journals from The New York Times to Hot Press to The Times Literary Supplement. Anne Margaret has degrees in American history and English literature from Harvard (A.B.), Georgetown (M.A.), and Princeton (Ph.D). As a graduate student at Princeton in 1996, she gave the keynote lecture at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Centenary Conference held at his alma mater, and has published extensively on his writing, and on American Modernism, since. Her edition of Olivia Shakespeare's forgotten fin-de-siècle novella "Beauty's Hour" was published by Valancourt in 2015. Anne Margaret lives in Manhattan and in upstate New York with her husband.

Event date: 
Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 3:00pm
Event address: 
The Golden Notebook
29 Tinker street
Woodstock, 12498
I'd Die for You: And Other Lost Stories Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781501144349
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner Book Company - April 25th, 2017