F Scott Fitzgerald’s “last remaining unpublished and uncollected short stories” are finally being published in a book due out next spring.
Unreleased material by The Great Gatsby author has been shared with fans in newspapers such as The New Yorker over the years with new collection I’d Die For You (and Other Lost Stories) set to reach readers on 11 April.
Edited by the New School’s Fitzgerald professor Anne Margaret Daniel, I’d Die For You includes stories that the much-loved writer struggled to sell because of their controversial subject matter or unconventional style, as well as those accepted by magazines but never published.
Fitzgerald “preferred to let his work remain unpublished, even at a time when he was in great need of money and review attention” than allow editors to “sanitise” his stories. “You will experience Fitzgerald depicting young men and women who actually spoke and thought more as young men and women did, without censorship,” a statement from publisher Scribner read.
Most iconic book covers
Most iconic book covers
1/12 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
Francis Cugat designed the cover art for Fitzgerald's quintessential jazz age novel. He finished it before the book was complete and the author liked it so much he 'wrote it into' the novel.
2/12 The Godfather - Mario Puzo
This 1969 cover art was produced by S Neil Fujita and became so iconic that the gothic typeface and puppeteer's hand were used as imagery in the film too.
3/12 The Cat in the Hat - Dr Seuss
Theodor Seuss Geisel designed this cartoon for his own 1957 children's classic.
4/12 Fifty Shades of Grey - EL James
If this cover to EL James' first erotic novel isn't one of the most iconic sleeves of recent times, we don't know what is.
5/12 The Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
Salinger was known for being fussy when it came to his book designs. He liked them simple with the only words being his name and the title, like this one by E Michael Mitchell.
6/12 'Porno' - Irvine Welsh
DJ Design came up with this crass cover for Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting sequel that few book-buyers could walk by without noticing.
7/12 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
American jazz musician and designer Paul Bacon created this simple yet striking cover for Heller's novel. He is also the man behind the One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Slaughterhouse-Five sleeves.
8/12 One Day - David Nicholls
Craig Ward designed this bright romantic sleeve for David Nicholls' 2009 novel.
9/12 A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
David Pelham came up with this famous cover ten years after A Clockwork Orange was first published in 1962.
10/12 In Cold Blood - Truman Capote
S Neil Fujita designed this crime thriller's sleeve using a classic typeface, a strong black border and a simple drop of blood. The drop was brighter at first but Capote asked for it to be made darker as time had elapsed since the murders.
11/12 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
Illustrator Elmer Hader painted this by Steinbeck's request for his 1939 novel. He then created the cover art for East of Eden and The Winter of Our Discontent, too.
12/12 Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
Edward McKnight Kauffer's powerful artwork represents the protagonist who is struggling to assert his identity in a world of hate.
Title story “I’d Die For You” draws on Fitzgerald’s stays in the North Carolina mountains when his health, along with that of his wife Zelda, was deteriorating. The majority of these stories originate from this time period, during the middle and late 1930s, and all are written in the author’s “characteristically beautiful, sharp and surprising language, exploring themes both familiar and fresh”.
Fitzgerald died in 1940 aged 44 having published four novels in his lifetime and started work on a fifth, The Love of the Last Tycoon, which was released posthumously in 1941.