F Scott Fitzgerald - The Lost Stories

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01Introduction And Thank You For The Light20170529A selection of stories taken from a collection of previously unpublished work by F Scott Fitzgerald, I'd Die For You: and Other Lost Stories.

The series opens with an extract from editor Anne Margaret Daniel's essay and the atmospheric vignette, 'Thank You For The Light'.

Read by Laurel Lefkow and Karen Bartke.

Romance, parties, cocktails and glamour - as a young writer in the 1920s F Scott Fitzgerald gave the magazines what they wanted. He had little choice; short stories were his bread and butter. But as the author matured he yearned to explore darker territory.

This desire wasn't cushioned by wealth; The Great Gatsby hadn't sold well and as the Depression crunched in the early 30s, Fitzgerald was hit by large medical bills for both himself and his wife Zelda. Despite the financial pressures he resisted the easy censorship requested by editors, who balked at Fitzgerald's portrayal of confusing generational freedoms, sex before marriage, divorce and working women.

Growing increasingly uncompromising about deletions and sanitisations, Fitzgerald preferred to let these stories lie in wait until their time came.

Producer: Eilidh McCreadie

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2017.

Series of tales in which F Scott Fitzgerald turns his attention to darker themes.

A selection of tales in which the American author explores darker territory

02The Couple, Part 1/320170530Finn den Hertog begins a previously unpublished comic story about the disintegration of a young marriage.

Taken from F Scott Fitzgerald's collection, I'd Die For You: and Other Lost Stories.

Romance, parties, cocktails and glamour - as a young writer in the 1920s F. Scott Fitzgerald gave the magazines what they wanted. He had little choice; short stories were his bread and butter. But as the author matured he yearned to explore darker territory.

This desire wasn't cushioned by wealth; The Great Gatsby hadn't sold well and as the Depression crunched in the early 30s, Fitzgerald was hit by large medical bills for both himself and his wife Zelda. Despite the financial pressures he resisted the easy censorship requested by editors, who balked at Fitzgerald's portrayal of confusing generational freedoms, sex before marriage, divorce and working women.

Growing increasingly uncompromising about deletions and sanitisations, Fitzgerald preferred to let these stories lie in wait until their time came.

Producer: Eilidh McCreadie.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2017.

Comic story about the disintegration of a young marriage. Read by Finn Den Hertog.

A selection of tales in which the American author explores darker territory

03The Couple, Part 2/320170531Finn den Hertog continues a previously unpublished comic story about the disintegration of a young marriage.

Taken from F Scott Fitzgerald's collection, I'd Die For You: and Other Lost Stories.

Romance, parties, cocktails and glamour - as a young writer in the 1920s F. Scott Fitzgerald gave the magazines what they wanted. He had little choice; short stories were his bread and butter. But as the author matured he yearned to explore darker territory.

This desire wasn't cushioned by wealth; The Great Gatsby hadn't sold well and as the Depression crunched in the early 30s, Fitzgerald was hit by large medical bills for both himself and his wife Zelda. Despite the financial pressures he resisted the easy censorship requested by editors, who balked at Fitzgerald's portrayal of confusing generational freedoms, sex before marriage, divorce and working women.

Growing increasingly uncompromising about deletions and sanitisations, Fitzgerald preferred to let these stories lie in wait until their time came.

Producer: Eilidh McCreadie.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2017.

Comic story about the disintegration of a young marriage. Read by Finn Den Hertog.

A selection of tales in which the American author explores darker territory

04The Couple, Part 3/320170601

Finn den Hertog concludes a previously unpublished comic story about the disintegration of a young marriage.

Taken from F Scott Fitzgerald's collection, I'd Die For You: and Other Lost Stories.

Romance, parties, cocktails and glamour - as a young writer in the 1920s F. Scott Fitzgerald gave the magazines what they wanted. He had little choice; short stories were his bread and butter. But as the author matured he yearned to explore darker territory.

This desire wasn't cushioned by wealth; The Great Gatsby hadn't sold well and as the Depression crunched in the early 30s, Fitzgerald was hit by large medical bills for both himself and his wife Zelda. Despite the financial pressures he resisted the easy censorship requested by editors, who balked at Fitzgerald's portrayal of confusing generational freedoms, sex before marriage, divorce and working women.

Growing increasingly uncompromising about deletions and sanitisations, Fitzgerald preferred to let these stories lie in wait until their time came.

Producer: Eilidh McCreadie.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2017.

Comic story about the disintegration of a young marriage. Read by Finn Den Hertog.

A selection of tales in which the American author explores darker territory

05Salute to Lucy and Elsie20170602

Stuart Milligan reads a previously unpublished story about honour, morals and the gulf between generations.

Taken from F Scott Fitzgerald's collection, I'd Die For You: and Other Lost Stories.

Romance, parties, cocktails and glamour - as a young writer in the 1920s F. Scott Fitzgerald gave the magazines what they wanted. He had little choice; short stories were his bread and butter. But as the author matured he yearned to explore darker territory.

This desire wasn't cushioned by wealth; The Great Gatsby hadn't sold well and as the Depression crunched in the early 30s, Fitzgerald was hit by large medical bills for both himself and his wife Zelda. Despite the financial pressures he resisted the easy censorship requested by editors, who balked at Fitzgerald's portrayal of confusing generational freedoms, sex before marriage, divorce and working women.

Growing increasingly uncompromising about deletions and sanitisations, Fitzgerald preferred to let these stories lie in wait until their time came.

Producer: Eilidh McCreadie.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2017.

Stuart Milligan reads a story about honour, morals and the gulf between generations.

A selection of tales in which the American author explores darker territory