Skip to main content

A 'lost' collection of F. Scott Fitzgerald stories has been uncovered


"I'd Die For You."

No, not the incorrect spelling of Prince's song, but the name of the new collection of "lost" stories by writing icon F. Scott Fitzgerald.

The back catalog of the St. Paul-born author, who wrote some of his famous works while living on Summit Ave., apparently wasn't comprehensively searched, as publisher Scribner has managed to uncover some previously unpublished works.

A synopsis is on the website of Scribner's parent company Simon & Schuster, which says it will be releasing "the last remaining unpublished short stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald" on April 11, 2017.

The stories, it says, were either submitted to major magazines by the "Great Gatsby" writer, but never printed, or were stories that couldn't be sold "because their subject matter or style departed from what editors expected of Fitzgerald in the 1930s."

Here's a taste of what to expect:

"You will experience Fitzgerald writing about controversial topics, depicting young men and women who actually spoke and thought more as young men and women did, without censorship. Rather than permit changes and sanitizing by his contemporary editors, Fitzgerald preferred to let his work remain unpublished, even at a time when he was in great need of money and review attention."

The book's name is taken from its title story, "I'd Die For You," which is inspired by his stays in the North Carolina mountains in the 1930s when his health – and his wife's – were "falling apart."

The stories mostly come from the mid to late 1930s period, though there are also some from the 1920s and some that were written shortly before his death in 1940.

Preliminary prices for the 320-page tome is $27 for hardback, and $12.99 for the e-Book.

It's the second time in just over a year a "lost" story of Fitzgerald's has been discovered.

In July 2015, The Strand magazine found an old, unpublished Fitzgerald short story "Temperature" in the archives at Princeton University.

It was written in 1939, a time when he had been "struggling for years to maintain his presence as a writer," but was rejected by the Saturday Evening Post.

Next Up

Vineeta Sawkar

Vineeta Sawkar named as WCCO Radio’s new morning host i

She succeeds the legendary Dave Lee, who retired earlier this year.

coronavirus, COVID-19 test

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, December 7

The latest from the state health department.

no dancing

Footloose! Duluth scraps Prohibition-era ban on unlicensed dancing

Establishments had to have a license to allow the public to dance.

ted mann concert hall - university of minnesota

2 armed suspects rob victim at U of M concert hall

The two suspects pointed guns at the victim.

West St Paul, Minnesota - June 2019

Nine police agencies called in for crowd control after 2 shot in West St. Paul

Police say a large group "attempted to take control" of part of the crime scene.

Brooklyn Center police, Daunte Wright

Brooklyn Center approves $1.3M public safety budget, including policing reforms

The city will use some money from the police department for the new programs.

snow, slush

Snow impacting morning commute across southern Minnesota

A quick inch could make a bit of a mess on the roads.


Minnesota United star allegedly hit teen with gun in Argentina

The 26-year-old could face charges in Argentina.

Chris Finch

Hawks bury Timberwolves in 3-point barrage

Without D'Angelo Russell, the Wolves couldn't keep up with the Hawks.

P.J. Fleck, Gophers football

Kirk Ciarocca returning to Gophers as offensive coordinator

The architect of the 2019 offense will look to revive the Gophers.

Klobuchar - MTP - NBC screengrab

Klobuchar says Congress should pass law to protect abortion rights

Her comments came as the Supreme Court appears poised to weaken — or gut — Roe v. Wade