Written between 1920 and 1937, when F. Scott Fitzgerald was at the height of his creative powers, these ten lyric tales represent some of the author's finest fiction. In them, Fitzgerald creates vivid, timeless characters -- a dissatisfied southern belle seeking adventure in the north; the tragic hero of the title story who lost more than money in the stock market; giddy and dissipated young men and women of the interwar period. From the lazy town of Tarleton, Georgia, to the glittering cosmopolitan centers of New York and Paris, Fitzgerald brings the society of the "Lost Generation" to life in these masterfully crafted gems, showcasing the many gifts of one of our most popular writers.
This book was prominently featured in the Season 2 Mad Episode "Three Sundays," in which Betty's would-be suitor Arthur Case recommends Fitzgerald's short story “The Diamond as Big as the Ritz, which in included in the collection; Betty is later seen reading the book. Fitzgerald was an influence on the conception of the series, particularly the various Gatsby-like characters who come from humble origins, reinvent themselves with a bit of nerve (and sometimes treachery) and struggle to protect their secret.