Babylon Revisited and Other Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Babylon Revisited and Other Stories

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 tow...

Details Babylon Revisited and Other Stories

TitleBabylon Revisited and Other Stories
Release DateJan 5th, 2020
GenreShort Stories, Classics, Fiction, Literature, American, 20th Century, Classic Literature, Historical, Historical Fiction, Academic, School, Read For School

Reviews Babylon Revisited and Other Stories

  • Wildplumb
    Ten stories that are masterfully created, but I will focus solely on one: Babylon Revisited. No word is wasted or unnecessary in this greatest of F. Scott Fitzgerald's stories. Perhaps only Gatsby gets us to the finish line in such an eloquent and timely manner. In this story, the main character, expatriate Charlie, returns to Paris (His home during the 20's boom) after the depression (story is written in 1931). The city has changed, and so has h...
  • Jesse
    Over the years I've come to realize that my first encounter with "Babylon Revisited" is a crucial reason why I've developed a tendency toward preemptive nostalgia. Even at the moments I'm most blissfully content there's a part of my mind always already mourning the fact any present happiness is destined to quickly slip into the past tense. This line in particular has emblazoned itself into my memory, and still makes me shiver: "I didn't realize i...
  • Mahima
    Reading Fitzgerald is my favourite thing ever. There's this very naked and very stark beauty to Fitzgerald's writing that I haven't found in any other writer. I hadn't read a lot of his short stories before this, and I'm really glad I picked this up. Loved every story (except The Diamond as Big as the Ritz, which despite hearing good things about it I thought was just okay) in this particular collection, my favourite being The Rich Boy and Babylo...
  • Laurie Notaro
    There are some kooky stories here, but classics, too. Short stories were FSF's bread and butter, but they can't shine as much as the novels. Always a good, solid read.
  • Jenny
    I love F. Scott Fitzgerald, and it makes me sad that I've already read all his novels, but I'm happy that he wrote so many short stories for me to enjoy. I like this collection because the first story, "The Ice Palace," was written in 1920, pre-Gatsby, and the last one, "The Long Way Out," was 1937, when Zelda was already in the sanitarium, and Scott already lived in California. His writing is drastically different as is his subject matter. The b...
  • mwpm
    Babylon Revisited contains what I consider to be Fitzgerald's best piece. That piece, so-called because of its precarious length (somewhere between a short story and novella), is "May Day". Fitzgerald described the story as illustrating "general hysteria [...] that inaugurated the Jazz Age"; it has been described elsewhere Fitzgerald's most raw, most political, and most desperate work.
  • Chris Gager
    A 1960 paperback, likely from somebody's academic past. Pretty good shape.1 - "The Ice Palace" - Southern belle goes North and doesn't like winter so much. FSF was a Minnesota native, but it would seem that he was more of a Southerner at heart.2 - "May Day" - Lives and events criss-cross in annoying, amusing and deadly ways over the course of a long chaotic evening/night/morning in Manhattan. An exercise in impressionistic, verbal creativity.3 - ...
  • Samantha
    i can't find my exact copy of what i purchased from half priced books, so i'll just claim i'm reading the same one that jamie read. this book is so old. it smells like 1955, and the pages are a sickly yellow-brown. i cannot wait. for the stories of course.of course.despite smelling great the whole time, the book wore me down halfway through. if nothing else, this is a timeline for fitzgerald's own life, and the amout of autobiography one can extr...
  • Sam Tornio
    Like looking at the night from a library window.
  • Andy Miller
    The Fitzgerald short stories in this collection were selected well after Fitzgerald's death so do not reflect a particular time in his life or career; indeed the first story, the Ice Palace, was written in 1920 well before Gatsby was written and the last three, Babylon Revisited, Crazy Sunday and The Long Way Out, were written in 1931, 1932, and 1937 respectively-after the roaring twenties that is so closely associated with Fitzgerald and after A...