'Lost stories' of F Scott Fitzgerald to be published

'Lost stories' of F Scott Fitzgerald to be published

Simon & Schuster's US imprint Scribner is publishing the last remaining unpublished stories of F Scott Fitzgerald, author of the The Great Gatsby, next spring.

The collection, called I’d Die for You: And Other Lost Stories, is due for release in April 2017, edited by Anne Margaret Daniel.

It will be drawn from stories that were originally written by Fitzgerald during the mid and late 1930s while "mired in alcoholism" in the mountains of North Carolina. Many of the stories were rejected for publication, despite their submission to major magazines, because, according to the publisher, "their subject matter or style departed from what editors expected of Fitzgerald in the 1930s".

The collection will also feature Fitzgerald's writings on "controversial" topics, such as "depicting young men and women who actually spoke and thought more as young men and women did, without censorship”.

"Rather than permit changes and sanitizing by his contemporary editors, Fitzgerald preferred to let his work remain unpublished, even at a time when he was in great need of money and review attention," Scribner said.

The US publisher told the Guardian the collection was written in the author's "characteristically beautiful, sharp, and surprising language” and promised to provide "new insight into the bold and uncompromising arc of Fitzgerald’s career”.

UK publication rights for the title have not yet been confirmed.