From Fitzgerald's Ledger


Fitzgerald's Ledger includes a year-by-year accounting of his earnings from 1919—his first year as a professional writer—through 1936. He stopped maintaining this record when he went to work for the movies in 1937.

This accounting is indispensable for understanding the shape of Fitzgerald's career as a professional writer—that is, the relationship between his magazine work and his novels. The record shows that his magazine stories brought most of his income. Moreover, by today's standards for a successful writer, he did not earn a great deal of money. Fitzgerald's earnings for 1919-36 were $386,382.96 after commissions—a total that includes movie work and all ancillary rights—for an average of $21,466 per year. During this period sales and serializations of his nine books brought $74,515. This Side of Paradise earned $14,375 plus $10,000 for movie rights; The Beautiful and Damned, $22,297 plus $2,250 for movie rights; The Great Gatsby, $8,397 plus $6,864 from the play and $18,910 for movie rights; Tender Is the Night, $16,307. The figure for Tender Is the Night is uncertain because it is impossible to untangle the loans and advances against this novel. His first three volumes of stories brought a total of $11,270.

Fitzgerald's books did not enjoy steady backlist sales. In 1929, the year The Saturday Evening Post raised his story price to $4,000, his total royalties on seven books were $31.77.

Editorial note: These figures are after agent's commissions were deducted. Bracketed material has been supplied. Fitzgerald's arithmetic has not been corrected.

Money Earned by Writing since Leaving Army

Record for 1919

Stories

Babes in the Woods [Smart Set]

$ 30.00

The Debutante (Play) [Smart Set]

35.00

The Four Fists [Scribner's]

150.00

The Cut Glass Bowl [Scribner's]

150.00

Porcelain + Pink (Play) [Smart Set]

35.00

Dalyrimple goes Wrong [Smart Set]

40.00

Benediction [Smart Set]

40.00

Head and Shoulders [Saturday Evening Post]

360.00

A Dirge (Poem) [Judge]

4.00

Mr. Icky (Play) [Smart Set]

35.00

 

 

Total Earnings

879.00

Record for 1920

Stories

The Ice Palace [Saturday Evening Post]

$ 360.00

Myra Meets His Family [Saturday Evening Post]

360.00

The Camels Back [Saturday Evening Post]

450.00

Bernice Bobs her Hair [Saturday Evening Post]

450.00

The Off-Shore Pirate [Saturday Evening Post]

450.00

The Smilers [Smart Set]

35.00

May Day [Smart Set]

200.00

Tarquin of Cheapside [Smart Set]

50.00

The Jellybean [Metropolitan]

810.00

The Russet Witch [Metropolitan]

810.00

 

 

Total

3,975.00

 

 

Movies

Head and Shoulders [Metro]

2,250.00

Myra Meets His Family [Fox]

900.00

The Off Shore Pirate [Metro]

2,025.00

Option on my output [Metro]

2,700.00

 

 

Total

7,425.00

 

 

Other Writings

This is a Magazine [Vanity Fair]

75.00

 

 

Total

75.00

 

 

From Books

This Side of Paradise

6,200.00

Flappers and Philosophers

500.00

 

 

Total

6,700.00

 

 

 

Total

$18,175.00

 

 

 

Ommission—The Lees of Happiness [Chicago Tribune]

675.00

 

 

 

Total

$18,850.00

Record for 1921

Stories

The Popular Girl [Saturday Evening Post]

$ 1,350.00

 

 

Total

1,350.00

 

 

Serial

The Beautiful + Damned [Metropolitan]

6,300.00

 

 

Total

6,300.00

 

 

Other Writings

Jemina [Vanity Fair]

100.00

The Baltimore Anti-Christ [Bookman]

13-50

The Far-seeing Skeptics [Smart Set]

5.00

Brass [Bookman]

7.00

 

 

Total

135-50

 

 

From Books

This Side of Paradise

5,636.68

Flappers and Philosophers

2,730.00

The Beautiful and Damned (advance)

2,813.19

 

 

Total

11,179.68

 

 

English Advance

(Add Syndication Jelly Bean $5.00)

100.00

 

 

 

Total

$19,065.18

Record for 1922

Stories

The Diamond as big as the Ritz [Smart Set]

270.00

Benjamin Button [Collier's]

900.00

Two for a Cent [Metropolitan]

810.00

Winter Dreams [Metropolitan]

810.00

 

 

Total

2,790.00

 

 

Movie

The Beautiful and Damned [Warner Bros.]

2,250.00

 

 

Other Writings

On Being Twenty five [American]

800.00

Little Brother of the Flapper [unlocated]

900.00

The Moment of Revolt [McCall's]

250.00

Canadian Winter Dreams

90.00

"Love Legend" (review) [New York Evening Post]

5.00

"The Oppidan" (review) [New York Tribune]

3.00

"Margie Wins the Game" (review) [New York Tribune]

5.00

Movies and the Publisher [unlocated]

5.00

 

 

Total

7,098.00

 

 

English Rights

Forty seven pounds

212.00

 

 

From Books

This Side of Paradise

1,200.00

Flappers and Philosophers

350.00

The Beautiful and Damned

12,133.00

Tales of the Jazz Age

3,056.00

The Vegetable (advance)

1,236.00

 

 

Total (all these book figures estimated)

17,775.00

 

 

 

Total

$25,135.00

 

 

Zeldas Earnings

The Super-Flapper [unlocated]

$ 500.00

The Moment of Revolt [McCall's]

250.00

Review of Beautiful + Damned [New York Tribune]

15.00

Eulogy on the Flapper [Metropolitan]

50.00

 

 

Total

$ 815.00

Record for 1923

Stories

Option from Hearsts [1923 stories]

$ 1,350.00

"Dice, Brassknuckles and Guitar" [Hearst's International]

1,350.00

Hot and Cold Blood [Hearst's International]

1,350.00

"Diamond Dick" [Hearst's International]

1,350.00

"Our Own Movie Queen" (half Zelda) [Chicago Tribune]

900.00

Gretchen's Forty Winks [Saturday Evening Post]

1,080.00

Winter Dreams (English Rights)

112.50

 

 

Total

7,492.50

 

 

Movies

This Side of Paradise [Famous Players]

10,000.00

The Camel's Back [Warner Bros.]

1,000.00

Grit [Film Guild]

2,000.00

Titles for Glimpses of the Moon [Famous Players]

500.00

 

 

Total

13,500.00

 

 

 

Play Advance

 

450.00

 

 

 

Other Writings

Imagination and a few Mothers [Ladies Home Journal]

900.00

The Cruise of the Rolling Junk [Motor]

270.00

Making Monogamy Work [Metropolitan Newspaper Service]

270.00

Our Irresponsible Rich [Metropolitan Newspaper Service]

315.00

The Most Disgraceful Thing I Ever Did [Vanity Fair]

20.00

Review of Being Respectable [Literary Digest International Book Review]

15.00

" " Many Marriages [New York Herald]

5.00

" " Through the Wheat [New York Evening Post]

5.00

 

 

Total

1,800.00

 

 

Books

Syndicate Returns

67.28

This Side of Paradise

880.00

Flappers and Philosophers

98.00

The Beautiful and Damned

292.00

Tales of the Jazz Age

270.43

 

 

Total (figures estimated)

1,510.00

 

 

Advance on New Novel (The Great Gatsby)

3,939.00

 

 

Total

5,450.00

 

 

 

 

 

Total

$28,759.78

Record for 1924

Stories

The Baby Party [Hearst's International]

1,350.00

The Sensible Thing [Liberty]

1,575.00

Rags Martin-Jones and the Pr-nce of W-les [McCall's]

1,575.00

The Third Casket [Saturday Evening Post]

1,575.00

One of My Oldest Friends [Woman's Home Companion]

1,575.00

The Pusher-in-the Face [Woman's Home Companion]

1,575.00

The Unspeakable Egg [Saturday Evening Post]

1,575.00

John Jackson's Arcady [Saturday Evening Post]

1,575.00

Love in the Night [Saturday Evening Post]

1,575.00

The Adjuster [Red Book]

1,800.00

 

 

Total

15,750.00

 

 

English Rights

The Third Casket

 

The Sensible Thing

 

Rags Martin-Jones and the Pr-nce of W-les

 

 

 

Total

241.20

 

 

Articles

Wait till You Have Children of Your Own [Woman's Home Companion]

900.00

How to Live on $36,000 a Year [Saturday Evening Post]

900.00

How to Live on Practically Nothing a Year [Saturday Evening Post]

1,080.00

 

 

Total

2,880.00

 

 

Syndicate

 

103.52

 

 

 

Other Rights From Books (inc. English and Syndicate)

The Third Casket (German Rights)

17.50

This Side of Paradise

325.00

Flappers and Philosophers

16.00

The Beautiful and Damned

527.00

Tales of the Jazz Age

7.00

The Great Gatsby (further advance)

325.00

 

 

 

1,200.00

 

 

 

Total

$20,192.22

 

 

 

Ommission — Absolution [American Mercury]

118.00

 

 

 

Total

$20,310.22

Record for 1925

Stories

Not in the Guide Book [Woman's Home Companion]

1,575.00

A Penny Spent [Saturday Evening Post]

1,800.00

The Rich Boy [Red Book]

3,150.00

Presumption [Saturday Evening Post]

2,250.00

The Adolescent Marriage [Saturday Evening Post]

2,250.00

 

 

Total

$11,025.00

 

 

Books

This Side of Paradise

26.24

Flappers and Philosophers

21.65

The Beautiful and Damned

144.30

Tales of the Jazz Age

20.54

The Great Gatsby

1,981.85

All the Sad Young Men (advance)

2,717.33

 

 

Total

4,906.61

 

 

Misselaneous

Advance on Gatsby play

900.00

Gatsby second serial [Famous Story]

900.00

Old New England Farmhouse [College Humor]

180.00

Syndicate

282.00

Gretchen's Forty Winks (English)

60.00

Love in the Night (English)

80.00

 

 

Total

2,402.00

 

 

 

Total

$18,333.61

Record for 1926

Stories

Your Way and Mine [Woman's Home Companion]

1,575.00

The Dance [Red Book]

1,800.00

 

 

Total

3.375.00

 

 

English Rights

Love in the Night (see previous page

78.00

One of Our Oldest Friends

83.45

A Penny Spent

61.92

The Adolescent Marriage

64.80

 

 

Total

288.17

 

 

Syndicate ect

Adjuster, Pusher in the Face, Oldest Friends

222.68

 

 

 

Article

How to Waste Material [Bookman]

90.00

 

 

 

Books (inc. English)

This Side of Paradise

44.00

Flappers and Philosophers

35.80

The Beautiful and Damned

33.10

Tales of the Jazz Age

21.20

The Great Gatsby

508.25

All the Sad Young Men

1,181.05

 

 

Total

2,033.20

 

 

Foreign

Danish and Swedish Rights to Gatsby

213.00

 

 

 

Moving Picture

The Great Gatsby [Famous Players]

13,500.00

 

 

 

Play (The Great Gatsby)

New York Run

2,616.98

Chicago

2.673.97

Road

673.26

(Detroit, Brklyn, Bait., St. Louis, Chi, Denver, Phila)

5,964.21

 

 

Total

$25,686.05

 

 

 

Love in the Night (English)

97.75

Record for 1927

Stories

Jacob's Ladder [Saturday Evening Post]

$ 2,700.00

The Love Boat [Saturday Evening Post]

3.150.00

A Short Trip Home [Saturday Evening Post]

3,150.00

The Bowl [Saturday Evening Post]

3,150.00

Magnetism [Saturday Evening Post]

3,150.00

 

 

Total

15,300.00

 

 

Movies

California work on "Lipstick" [M-G-M]

3,500.00

Additional Payment "Gatsby"

2,910.00

 

 

Total

6,410.00

 

 

Other Writings and Rights

Princeton [College Humor]

450.00

Editorial Photoplay (Zelda) ["Paint and Powder, Smart Set]

450.00

Park Avenue (") [Harper's Bazaar]

300.00

Looking Back 8 Years ( " ) [College Humor]

300.00

English "Presumption"

68.98

German "Rags Martin Jones"

25.00

Golden BK "Pusher in Face"

99.00

Anthology "Pusher in Face"

22.50

Anthology "Jellybean"

26.67

Syndicate "Your Way + Mine" ect

137.44

German Rights to Gatsby

141.00

All English Book Royalties

95.32

 

 

Total

2,096.11

 

 

Books

This Side of Paradise

13.03

The Beautiful and Damned

14.80

The Great Gatsby

55.65

Flappers and Philosophers

26.70

Tales of the Jazz Age

16.35

All the Sad Young Men

43.05

Advance on New Novel Serial [Tender Is the Night]

5,752.06

 

 

 

Total

5.911.64

 

 

 

Total

29.737.87

 

 

 

Tax Unpaid 1926

 

Adolescent Marriage

$ 64.80

Gatsby Road

320.15

 

384.95

Record for 1928

Stories

The Scandal Detectives [Saturday Evening Post]

3,150.00

The Freshest Boy [Saturday Evening Post]

3,150.00

A Night at the Fair [Saturday Evening Post]

3,150.00

He Thinks he's Wonderful [Saturday Evening Post]

3,150.00

The Captured Shadow [Saturday Evening Post]

3,150.00

The Perfect Life [Saturday Evening Post]

3,150.00

The Georgia Belle ["The Last of the Belles," Saturday Evening Post]

3,150.00

 

 

Total

22,050.00

 

 

Other Writings

Outside the Cabinet Makers [Century]

135.00

Who Can Fall in Love after Thirty (Zelda) [College Humor]

180.00

Syndicate (Wheeler)

12.15

Magnetism (English)

78.25

Bell Syndicate

2.23

 

 

Total

406.67

 

 

Advertisement

[Woodbury Soap]

1,000.00

 

 

Books

This Side of Paradise

22.05

The Beautiful and Damned

22.40

Flappers + Philosophers

12.30

Tales of the Jazz Age

12.90

The Vegetable

8.60

The Great Gatsby

44.15

All the Sad Young Men

25.05

Further Advance on New Novel Serial

2,129.03

 

 

Total

2,272.96

 

 

 

Total

25,732.96

Record for 1929

Stories

Forging Ahead [Saturday Evening Post]

$ 3,150.00

Basil + Cleopatra [Saturday Evening Post]

3,150.00

Rough Crossing [Saturday Evening Post]

3,150.00

Majesty [Saturday Evening Post]

3,150.00

At Your Age [Saturday Evening Post]

3,600.00

The Swimmers [Saturday Evening Post]

3,600.00

Two Wrongs [Saturday Evening Post]

3,600.00

First Blood [Saturday Evening Post]

3,600.00

 

 

Total

27,000.00

 

 

Zelda's Sketches

Original Follies Girl [College Humor]

360.00

Poor Working Girl [College Humor]

450.00

Southern Girl [College Humor]

450.00

Girl the Prince Liked [College Humor]

450.00

Girl with Talent [College Humor]

720.00

 

 

Total

2,430.00

 

 

Misselaneous

Talkie Rights B+D

900.00

Girls Believe in Girls [Liberty]

1,350.00

Advertisement [Woodbury Soap]

500.00

Short Autobiography [New Yorker]

90.00

Golden Bk. "One of My Oldest"

90.00

English "Outside Cabinet"

34.56

Reprints

21.85

 

 

Total

2,986.41

 

 

Books

This Side of Paradise

4.80

Flappers + Philosophers

11.70

The Beautiful + Damned

3.60

Tales of the Jazz Age

3.00

Great Gatsby

5.10

All Sad Young Men

2.10

Vegetable

1.13

English Gatsby

.34

 

 

Total

31.77

 

 

 

Grand Total

$32,448.18

Record for 1930

Stories

A Nice Quiet Place [Saturday Evening Post]

$ 3,600.00

The Bridal Party [Saturday Evening Post]

3,600.00

A Woman with a Past [Saturday Evening Post]

3,600.00

One Trip Abroad [Saturday Evening Post]

3,600.00

A Snobbish Story [Saturday Evening Post]

3,600.00

The Hotel Child [Saturday Evening Post]

3,600.00

Babylon Revisited [Saturday Evening Post]

3,600.00

 

 

Total

25,200.00

 

 

Other Items

Salesmanship in the Champs Elysee [New Yorker]

 

At Your Age—Modern Library

 

Two for a Cent—Golden Book

 

Jacob's Ladder English

 

Reprints

 

 

 

Total

341.10

 

 

Zelda's Writings

The Millionaire's Girl [Saturday Evening Post]

3,600.00

Miss Bessie ["Miss Ella," Scribner's]

150.00

 

 

Total

3,750.00

 

 

Books

This Side of Paradise

10.20

Flappers + Philosophers

10.05

The Beautiful + Damned

4.80

Tales of the Jazz Age

8.40

The Vegetable

1.12

The Great Gatsby

15.60

All the Sad Young Men (+ Presentday Stories)

51.80

Further Advances (Serial new novel + 1 583.06 against bk.

3,701.97

 

 

Total

3,820.00

 

 

 

Grand Total

$33,090.10

Record for 1931

Stories

Indecision [Saturday Evening Post]

3,600.00

A New Leaf [Saturday Evening Post]

3,600.00

Flight and Pursuit [Saturday Evening Post]

3,600.00

Emotional Bankruptcy [Saturday Evening Post]

3,600.00

Between Three and Four [Saturday Evening Post]

3,600.00

A Change of Class [Saturday Evening Post]

3,600.00

Half a Dozen of the Other ["Six of One," Redbook]

2,700.00

A Freeze Out [Saturday Evening Post]

3,600.00

Diagnosis [Saturday Evening Post]

3,600.00

 

 

Total

31,500.00

 

 

Other Items

Treatment Metro Goldwyn Mayer [Red-Headed Woman]

5,400.00

Echoes of the Jazz Age [Scribner's]

500.00

Vegetable Performance

22.50

New Leaf (English)

59.00

Flight + Pursuit (English)

126.00

John Jackson's Arcady

2.00

 

 

Total

6,109.50

 

 

Books

This Side of Paradise

12.90

Flappers + Philosophers

4.30

The Beautiful + Damned

4.40

Tales of the Jazz Age

3.90

The Vegetable

1.13

The Great Gatsby

17.90

All the Sad Young Men

7.90

Advance against Bk.

44.15

 

 

Total

100.00

 

 

 

Less: Not paid in 1931 by Metro

-155.35

Grand Total

37,554.00

New Yorker sketch

45.00

 

 

 

 

37,599.00

Record for 1932

Stories

Crazy Sunday [American Mercury]

$ 200.00

Family in the Wind [Saturday Evening Post]

3,150.00

What a Hansome Pair [Saturday Evening Post]

2,250.00

The Rubber Check [Saturday Evening Post]

2,700.00

Interne [Saturday Evening Post]

3,150.00

On Schedule [Saturday Evening Post]

2,700.00

 

 

Total

14,805.00

 

 

Other Items

Reprint of The New Leaf

 

Walter Baker Royalty

 

Flight + Pursuit (English)

 

Couple of Nuts (Zelda) [Scribner's]

 

The Gourmets (Zelda) [unlocated; possibly "The Continental Angle," New Yorker]

 

 

 

Total on all these

313.40

 

 

 

Books

All Royalties

20.00

Advance on Novel

480.00

 

 

 

Total

500.00

 

 

 

Grand Total

15,823.40

Record for 1933

Stories

More than just a House [Saturday Evening Post]

2,700.00

I Got Shoes [Saturday Evening Post]

2,250.00

The Family Bus [Saturday Evening Post]

2,700.00

Articles

My Lost City [unpublished]

900.00

One Hundred False Starts [Saturday Evening Post]

1,080.00

Books

Tender and Taps Advance and new advance of 1,690.21

4,200.00

Other Books

30.00

Save me the Waltz

120.00

Sound Rights

The Great Gatsby

2,250.00

Other Items

Two for a Cent (English)

34.81

New Leaf (Home Mag. English)

63.03

John Jackson (Royalties

19.00

 

 

 

 

16,328.03

Record for 1934

Stories

No Flowers [Saturday Evening Post]

2,700.00

New Types [Saturday Evening Post]

2,700.00

Her Last Case [Saturday Evening Post]

2,700.00

In the Darkest Hour [Redbook]

1,125.00

The Count of Darkness [Redbook]

1,350.00

A Kingdom in the Dark [Redbook]

1,350.00

The Fiend [Esquire]

250.00

The Night before Chancellorsville [Esquire]

250.00

 

 

 

12,475.00

 

 

 

All Books

 

58.35

 

 

 

Misselaneous

Ring Lardner [New Republic]

50.00

Preface to Gatsby [Modern Library]

50.00

Broadcast of Diamond

45.00

Family in the Wind (Swedish)

12.27

Your Age (Modern)

3.16

Show Mr + Mrs F. [Esquire]

200.00

Auction—Model 1934 [Esquire]

200.00

Modern American Prose

37.50

Smart Set Anthology

12.50

Chatto + Windus

156.31

American Short Story

1.02

Gatsby Modern Library

250.00

 

 

 

1,017.76

 

 

Scribner Advance

On New Work

6,481.98

 

 

 

 

 

20,032.33

Record for 1935

Stories

The Intimate Strangers [McCall's]

2,700.00

Zone of Accident [Saturday Evening Post]

2,700.00

What You Don't Know ["Fate in Her Hands," American]

2,700.00

Too Cute for Words [Saturday Evening Post]

2,700.00

Gods of the Darkness [Redbook]

1,350.00

The Esquimo Boy ["The Passionate Eskimo," Liberty]

1,350.00

The Image on the Heart [McCall's]

1,125.00

 

 

 

14,725.00

 

 

Misselaneous

Lamp in a Window [New Yorker]

22.50

Modern Library Royalty

17.89

English Sale—The Fiend

41.93

Columbia Broadcast "Lets go Out"

630.00

Shaggy's Morning [Esquire]

250.00

Same—London

31.00

Sleeping + Waking [Esquire]

250.00

Your Age

10.88

Crack Up [Esquire]

250.00

Paste Together [Esquire]

250.00

Brittish Fiend

41.93

 

 

 

1,796.13

 

 

All Books

and Advance

$ 342.03

 

 

 

 

 

16,845.16

Record for 1936

Stories

Outside the House ["Inside the House," Saturday Evening Post]

$ 3,000.00

Make Yourself at Home [Pictorial Review; possibly published as "Strange Sanctuary," Liberty]

2,500.00

The Pearl + the Fur [unpublished, Pictorial Review]

1,000.00

Trouble [Saturday Evening Post]

2,000.00

 

 

— 10%

7,650.00

 

 

Esquire Pieces

Handle with Care

250.00

Three Acts of Music

The Ants at Princeton

Author's House

Afternoon of an Author

An Author's Mother

I Didn't Get Over

Please Send me in, Coach

An Alcoholic Case

 

2,250.00

 

 

Misscelaneous

Modern Library, British + Danish, John Jackson ect

199.79

 

 

 

All Books

 

81.18

 

 

 

Total

10,180.97

Record for 1937

Stories

The Goon [Esquire]

 

The Long Way Out [Esquire]

 

In the Holidays [Esquire]

 

Room 13 [Esquire]

 

Financing Finnegan [Esquire]

 

 

 

Misselaneous

Obit on Parnassus [New Yorker]

 

Book of Ones Own [New Yorker]

 

Early Success [American Cavalcade]

 

Foreign Sales (Gatsby)

 

Random House

 

Scribners (All Books)

 

 

[Fitzgerald stopped maintaining his Ledger when he went to California in June I937.]

Zelda's Earnings

1922

Four articles ["The Super-Flapper," unpublished;

"Friend Husband's Latest," New York Tribune; "Eulogy on the Flapper," Metropolitan; "Does a

Moment of Revolt Come Sometime to Every

Married Man?" McCall's]

$815.00

1923

Our Own Movie Queen (Story—half mine) [Chicago Sunday Tribune]

450.00

1927

Editorial Photoplay (unpublished) ["Paint and Powder," Smart Set]

450.00

Park Avenue [Harper's Bazaar]

300.00

Looking Back Eight Years [College Humor]

300.00

1928

Who Can Fall in Love After Thirty [College Humor]

180.00

1929

The Original Follies Girl [College Humor]

360.00

The Poor Working Girl (unpublished) [College Humor]

450.00

The Southern Girl [College Humor]

450.00

The Girl the Prince Liked [College Humor]

450.00

The Girl with Talent [College Humor]

720.00

 

 

Total

5,075.00

 

 

1930

The Millionaire's Girl [Saturday Evening Post]

3,600.00

Miss Bessie ["Miss Ella," Scribner's]

135.00

1931

The Continental Angle [New Yorker]

 

1932

A Couple of Nuts [Scribner's]

 

1932

Save Me the Waltze [novel]

 

1934

Show Mr + Mrs F. to Number— [Esquire]

 

1934

Auction Model 1934 [Esquire]

 


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