The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald: A New Collection edited with a preface by Matthew J. Bruccoli is a 775-page softcover published in 1989 by Charles Scribner's Sons. The cover shows light surface rubbing and there is a crease along the front cover and binding. Inside, the pages are clean and unmarked.
My whole theory of writing I can sum up in one sentence. An author writes for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the Schoolmaster is of ever afterward. So proclaim the young Scott Fitzgerald in the first flush of success at the appearance of This Side of Paradise in 1920. How magnificently if, sad to say posthumously he fulfilled that Ideal. His all-too-brief literary career and a dozen years of commercial and critical success followed by distractions and disappointments ended in 1940 when he suffered a fatal heart attack at the age of 44. He was hard at work on the Hollywood novel he hoped would restore his literary fortunes, The Last Tycoon. At the time of his death his books were not, as was later supposed, out of print with his publisher. The truth is sadder they were all in stock at our warehouse and listed in the catalog, but there were no orders. A half-century later, more copies of F Scott Fitzgerald books are ordered each year then were sold cumulatively throughout his entire lifetime. This new, comprehensive question of Fitzgerald's best short fiction is being published some 70 years after the author's first novel was accepted by my great-grandfather in 1919.