All of the Belles

The Montgomery Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Introduction by Kirk Curnutt

Title Details

Pages: 112

Trim size: 5.500in x 8.000in



Pub Date: 03/03/2020

ISBN: 9-781-5883-8423-2

List Price: $23.95


NewSouth Books

All of the Belles

The Montgomery Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Introduction by Kirk Curnutt

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During his Roaring Twenties heyday, F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote three stories about the belles of Tarleton, Georgia, a setting readers recognized as a thinly veiled version of his wife Zelda Sayre's hometown of Montgomery, Alabama. In different ways, the heroines of these tales—Sally Carol Happer in "The Ice Palace," Nancy Lamar in "The Jelly-Bean," and Allie Calhoun in "The Last of the Belles"—rebel against Southern expectations of women, revel in the newfound freedoms young people enjoyed at the outset of the modern age, and ultimately discover that home is far harder to run away from than they ever expected.

Remarkably, although these minor masterpieces have long been regarded as among the very best of the 160-plus short stories Fitzgerald published during his short life, the stories have never (until now) been published as a trio. Gathered here to commemorate the centennial of both Scott and Zelda's 1920 marriage and the beginning of the Jazz Age they symbolize, All of the Belles captures all the winsome qualities readers love about F. Scott Fitzgerald's writing: the keen observation of manners, the comic insights, the lyricism, and the poignant, powerful sense of loss.

How wonderful to have Sally Carrol, Nancy, and Ailie together in this smart new collection! All three were Southern belles who understood quite well the complexities of their time and place. In these three stories they will live on and on and delight a new generation of readers.

—James L. W. West III, general editor emeritus of Cambridge Fitzgerald Edition

All of the Belles is an extraordinary gift, not only to devotees of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald but readers, historians, and book-lovers everywhere. Dr. Kirk Curnutt’s masterful introduction alone is worth the price, providing not only a refresher course in the enduring mystique of the Fitzgeralds but also a reminder of Zelda’s profound influence on Scott’s work. Although the stories of this collection are tender and lyrical on the surface, the underlying theme of change and loss brands them as uniquely Fitzgerald.

—Cassandra King, award-winning author of Tell Me a Story: My Life with Pat Conroy

A revelatory read for Fitzgerald fans and Southern studies buffs alike. All of the Belles is beautifully drawn. In these pages, the modern belle was born. Invaluable insights into both Zelda and Scott are here presented in stories of Southern folkways and mores, encountered by both Fitzgeralds during their mythic time in Montgomery.

—Lee Smith, award-winning author of Guests on Earth and Fair and Tender Ladies

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s three stories set in the fictional Southern town of Tarleton depict the contrast between North and South (most evident in the figure of the Southern belle—the author’s tribute to his wife, Zelda) and exemplify Fitzgerald’s theme of love frustrated by social boundaries. Gathered together here for the first time, along with Kirk Curnutt’s authoritative and graceful introduction, they evocatively show Fitzgerald’s evolution from youthful romanticism in 'The Ice Palace' to disenchantment in 'The Jelly-Bean' to the mature understanding of reality in 'The Last of the Belles.'

—Jackson R. Bryer, president of The F. Scott Fitzgerald Society