Thursday, August 9, 2012

A Few Words on the New F. Scott Fitzgerald Story, "Thank You for the Light"

There is a "new" short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald in the August 6 issue of The New Yorker

Fitzgerald submitted this story, "Thank You for the Light" to the magazine in 1936, but it was rejected by the editors, possibly because of its controversial portrayal of the Virgin Mary.  Recently, Fitzgerald's granddaughter discovered the rejection note in Fitzgerald's papers, and decided to resubmit it for publication.  This time, it made it.

I thought this was a charming, sad story from a writer on the tail end of a tumultuous career.  It doesn't dazzle like The Great Gatsby or "Bernice Bobs Her Hair," but it lingers with you for a while after you read it.

If you would like to delve into this very short short story, here are a few useful links:

1. The text of the story from The New Yorker.
2. The New Yorker podcast page, which examines the discovery of the story.

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