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The Diamond as Big as the Ritz and Other…

The Diamond as Big as the Ritz and Other Stories [Penguin Classics,… (1963)

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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There are several collections of Fitzgerald stories with the same title. This one contains:
The diamond as big as the Ritz --
Bernice bobs her hair --
The ice palace --
May Day --
The Bowl.
The Penguin Popular Classics edition have different contents from the Penguin Modern Classics and the Pengiun Twentieth-Cetury Classics editions.
Please do not combine with collections containing a different selection of stories.
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Scott Fitzgerald blends wit and cynicism in his satirical portraitsf the swinging Jazz Age. The stories capture a glittering whirl of dancing, laughter and champagne, and the gods that are worshipped are glamor, wealth and social status. 'The Bowl' is a clear metaphor for this cold and brittle world, as a beautiful woman is made to suffer for the cruelty of her youth, her punishment ironically taking the shape of a cut-glass punch-bowl. The amusing 'Bernice Bobs Her Hair' depicts a dull girl striving at all costs to enter society, where the competition and jealousy wrought between women leads to bitter vengeance and a quirky twist in the tale. However, the powerful and destructive influence of money is never more stunningly revealed than in Fitzgerald's most famous and unusual story, 'The Diamond As Big As The Ritz'.
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Written in the same vein as "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,""The Diamond as Big as the Ritz" is one of F. Scott Fitzgerald's most imaginative shorter works. John T. Unger is a young southerner who goes to Montana for summer vacation with a wealthy college classmate. But the classmate's family proves to be much more than simply wealthy-they own a mountain made entirely of one solid diamond. And they've gone to dreadful lengths to conceal their secret, which means that John could be in danger.But the family also has a daughter-the lovely Kismine-and with her help, John may yet escape the fate her family has meted out to all their other guests so far. Proceeds from sale of this title go to Reach Out and Read, an innovative literacy advocacy organization.… (more)

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