Did you enjoy The Great Gatsby or any of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s other novels? If so, you might be interested in a new story by Fitzgerald written in 1920 but not published. When he wrote the story, Fitzgerald was twenty-three and had just published This Side of Paradise.
The New Yorker has now made the story entitled, “The I. O. U.” available online. You can read it at http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/03/20/the-i-o-u. If you prefer a print version, pick up a copy of the March 20th magazine.
“The I.O.U.” is a satire written about the way publishers chase sensational stories. The narrator is just about to publish a nonfiction book about a psychic communicating with his nephew who died in World War I. Then the publisher meets that nephew on a train. “Fitzgerald’s story is well timed for today’s atmosphere of media distrust, where the line between fact and fiction is increasingly blurred by presidents and publishers alike” (https://qz.com/931122/f-scott-fitzgerald-new-yorker-publishes-short-story-the-i-o-u-after-nearly-100-years/).
A collection of Fitzgerald’s lost stories entitled I’d Die for You and Other Lost Stories, edited by Anne Margaret Daniel, will be released April 25. For an interview with the editor, see http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/fiction-this-week-f-scott-fitzgerald-2017-03-20.