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Book review: New collection of F. Scott Fitzgerald stories recall the fading of the South

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all of the belles

‘All of the Belles: The Montgomery Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald,’ introduction by Kirk Curnutt, NewSouth Books, 2020, 90 pages, $23.95

Three young Southern women dominate the three stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald that are gathered together for the first time as “All of the Belles.” Each of the stories begins in the same small Southern town, a place with remarkable similarities to Montgomery, Ala., home of the actual young belle Zelda Sayre, who was to become Fitzgerald’s wife.

Hearing Fitzgerald’s name these days probably calls to mind his classic novel “The Great Gatsby.” Those familiar with that work will find resonances of it in each of the stories in this new collection, even though two of those stories appeared for the first time before the 1925 publication of the novel.

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