F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Pat Hobby Stories

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The Pat Hobby Stories (1962) consists of seventeen tales about a barely employable forty-nine-year old Hollywood hack screenwriter whose schemes to better himself usually collapse or backfire. The Hobby stories originally appeared in the magazine Esquire between January 1940 and May 1941; five of them were published posthumously. Fitzgerald’s first biographer, Arthur Mizener (1907-88), included three Hobby stories in his selection of Fitzgerald’s fictional and non-fictional prose, Afternoon of an Author (1957), but the whole run was not published until 1962, in a volume edited and introduced by Arnold Gingrich (1903-76), the creator of Esquire and its editor until 1961. Esquire was Fitzgerald’s …

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Tredell, Nicolas. "The Pat Hobby Stories". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 February 2011
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