All of the Belles: The Montgomery Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald

F Scott Fitzgerald (Author) Kirk Curnutt (Introduction by)


During his Roaring Twenties heyday, F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote three stories about the belles of Tarleton, Georgia, a setting readers recognized as a thinly veiled version of his wife Zelda's hometown of Montgomery, Alabama. Inspired by Fitzgerald's own belle, Zelda Sayre, whom he met in Montgomery while stationed at Camp Sheridan training for the Great War, these stories are minor masterpieces long regarded as the very best of the 160-plus short stories the writer published during his short life. All of the Belles collects these stories -- "The Ice Palace," "The Jelly-Bean," and "The Last of the Belles" -- in a single volume for the very first time. This special book is being released to commemorate the centennial anniversary of Scott and Zelda's marriage and in recognition of the many hundredth anniversaries of Fitzgerald's work which will be celebrated starting in 2020. The heroines of these still remarkable tales rebel against Southern expectations of women, revel in the newfound freedoms young people enjoyed at the outset of the modern age, and ultimately discover that home is far harder to run away from than they ever expected. The stories capture all the winsome qualities that readers love about F. Scott's writing: the keen observation of manners, the comic insights, the lyricism, and the poignant, powerful sense of loss. The Jazz Age may have begun a century ago, but Fitzgerald's works remain among American literature's most powerful writing, as will become clear with a reading of All of the Belles.

Product Details

$23.95  $22.03
NewSouth Books
Publish Date
March 03, 2020
5.7 X 0.6 X 8.1 inches | 0.55 pounds
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About the Author

Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1896, F. Scott Fitzgerald first came to Alabama in the summer of 1918 as an Army lieutenant stationed at Camp Sheridan while training for the Great War. According to legend, he met Montgomery belle Zelda Sayre at a country-club dance. The pair married on April 3, 1920 and, thanks to the success of Fitzgerald's debut novel--published eight days before the wedding--instantly became symbols of the Roaring Twenties. Over the next two decades, Fitzgerald published three more novels--including his masterpiece, The Great Gatsby--and 160-plus short stories. He died in 1940, having fallen out of public favor. Within a decade, however, readers rediscovered his brilliance and he continues to be celebrated as one of America's greatest authors today.
Kirk Curnutt is executive director of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society and serves as managing editor of The F. Scott Fitzgerald Review. He is professor and chair of English at Troy University. His office in downtown Montgomery looks out toward Pleasant Avenue, where Zelda Fitzgerald was raised. Curnutt is the author of The Cambridge Introduction to F. Scott Fitzgerald, among other books, and the editor of The Oxford Historical Guide to F. Scott Fitzgerald.


How wonderful to have Sally Carrol, Nancy, and Ailie together in this smart new collection! All three were Southern belles who understood quite well the complexities of their time and place. In these three stories they will live on and on and delight a new generation of readers. -- James L. W. West III, General Editor Emeritus, Cambridge Fitzgerald Edition
F. Scott Fitzgerald's three stories set in the fictional Southern town of Tarleton depict the contrast between North and South (most evident in the figure of the Southern belle--the author's tribute to his wife, Zelda) and exemplify Fitzgerald's theme of love frustrated by social boundaries. Gathered together here for the first time, along with Kirk Curnutt's authoritative and graceful introduction, they evocatively show Fitzgerald's evolution from youthful romanticism in "The Ice Palace" to disenchantment in "The Jelly-Bean" to the mature understanding of reality in "The Last of the Belles." -- Jackson R. Bryer, President of The F. Scott Fitzgerald Society
A revelatory read for Fitzgerald fans and Southern studies buffs alike. All of the Belles is beautifully drawn. In these pages, the modern belle was born. Invaluable insights into both Zelda and Scott are here presented in stories of Southern folkways and mores, encountered by both Fitzgeralds during their mythic time in Montgomery. -- Lee Smith, award-winning author of Guests on Earth and Fair and Tender Ladies
All of the Belles is an extraordinary gift, not only to devotees of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald but readers, historians, and book-lovers everywhere. Dr. Kirk Curnutt's masterful introduction alone is worth the price, providing not only a refresher course in the enduring mystique of the Fitzgeralds but also a reminder of Zelda's profound influence on Scott's work. Although the stories of this collection are tender and lyrical on the surface, the underlying theme of change and loss brands them as uniquely Fitzgerald. -- Cassandra King, award-winning author of Tell Me a Story: My Life with Pat Conroy