'Old Sport' finds new life: Lost F. Scott Fitzgerald short story published


Just when you think the last sentence has been written.

Despite having died about 75 years ago, Minnesota native and "Great Gatsby" author F. Scott Fitzgerald has a "new" short story running in a fiction magazine that's now out on the shelves – but it almost never happened.

According to the Associated Press, "Temperature" – a story about an alcoholic waiter in Hollywood – was thought lost for decades. That is, until the managing editor of Strand Magazine came across the old manuscript in the archives at Princeton University (where Fitzgerald was educated) earlier this year.

Fitzgerald, born and raised in St. Paul, had been struggling for years to maintain his presence as a writer when he wrote "Temperature" in 1939, the news service says. The story was ultimately rejected by the Saturday Evening Post before it vanished into literary oblivion.

The previously lost piece is now available in the Strand. The magazine describes the story as a "highlight" of its summer issue.

The long-running magazine has also run the unpublished works of other legendary authors such as John Steinbeck, Tennessee Williams and Mark Twain.

A banner year for an iconic writer

"The Great Gatsby" celebrated the 90th anniversary of its publication date earlier this year, prompting the Atlantic to publish snippets of reviews from critics who dismissed the novel when it first printed in 1925.

Of course, Fitzgerald would eventually be vindicated.

Though he died in 1940 believing he'd been an unsuccessful writer, his legacy endures, with his signature "Gatsby" often held up as an example of the mythical "Great American Novel."

Meanwhile, one of his former St. Paul homes went up for sale last month, and though Fitzgerald died with no riches to show for his work and not much of a reputation, the asking price for the four-bedroom house is $665,000.

Have a look at photos of the home by clicking here.

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