Fitzgerald’s back…sort of

Comeuppance, seventy-six years later!

The New Yorker has published a new (read: never-before-published) F. Scott Fitzgerald short called “Thank You for the Light”, which he first sent to the magazine in 1936 (only to have it rejected).

The story is the very definition of short, about Mrs. Hanson, a “pretty, somewhat faded woman of forty, who sold corsets and girdles” across the Midwest (represent!), and her quite simple desire to smoke a cigarette (which she’s not allowed to do).

Definitely worth the ten minutes or so it’ll take you to read it. Which you can do here.

Always very cool to see pieces like this dug up from obscurity. Especially since I’m such a sucker for American Modernism. More please.

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