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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 is a unique volume—not a reprint—of Fitzgerald’s Montgomery stories, which have never been collected in a single volume until now. The publication of the book is timed to the many centennial Fitzgerald anniversaries that will be recognized in 2020. Included among them is the hundredth anniversary of Scott’s marriage to Zelda Sayre, who inspired these stories, publication of his first short stories, and publication of his first novel, This Side of Paradise.

Dr. 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.


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