The upcoming The Great Gatsby film hasn’t just ensured interest in 1920s fashion will continue, it’s also given license for celebration of all things F. Scott Fitzgerald.

This week The New Yorker has the winning piece of content: a short story written by Fitzgerald but only now published for the first time.

Smoking flapper

Fitzgerald submitted the story to The New Yorker in 1936, but it was rejected with this note:

We’re afraid that this Fitzgerald story is altogether out of the question. It seems to us so curious and so unlike the kind of thing we associate with him, and really too fantastic. We would give a lot, of course, to have a Scott Fitzgerald story and I hope that you will send us something that seems more suitable. Thank you, anyhow, for letting us see this.

There’s something about Fitzgerald’s cigarette-loving businesswoman of a protagonist that’s endearing and more so for the time she was written in. A short and enjoyable read, the full story titled ‘Thank you for the light‘ can be found here.

Above image: Where there’s smoke there’s fire by Russell Patterson

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