Comments on short stories from “These Stories Went to Market” (ed. Vernon McKenzie: New York: McBride; 1935)
by F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald has supplied these comments in regard to the origin of four of his best-known short stories:

“Baby Party: Went to one—saw just a moment of bitterness between two women. Was drawn in spirit­ually on wife's side. Imagined the same scene among stupid people with less self-control—and its consequences. Also Maupassant's ‘Piece of String.’ Imagination.

“Rags Martin Jones: Struck by personality of girl just home from Europe and hating America. Also gossip about Prince of Wales. Invent­ion.

“Absolution: Memory of time when as a boy told a lie in confession. Also glimpse of a very bored passionate celibate priest one day. Imagi­nation.

“Winter Dreams: Memory of a fascination in a visit paid to very rich aunt in Lake Forest. Also my first girl 18-20 whom I've used over and over and never forgotten. Imagination.”

(page XVIII)

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