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The Couple, Part 1

Comic story about the disintegration of a young marriage. Read by Finn Den Hertog.

Finn den Hertog reads 'The Couple', a previously unpublished comic story about the disintegration of a young marriage taken from a new collection of work by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Romance, parties, cocktails and glamour - as a young writer in the 1920s F. Scott Fitzgerald gave the magazines what they wanted. He had little choice; short stories were his bread and butter. But as the author matured he yearned to explore darker territory. This desire wasn't cushioned by wealth; The Great Gatsby hadn't sold well and as the Depression crunched in the early 30s, Fitzgerald was hit by large medical bills for both himself and his wife Zelda. Despite the financial pressures he resisted the easy censorship requested by editors, who balked at Fitzgerald's portrayal of confusing generational freedoms, sex before marriage, divorce and working women.

Growing increasingly uncompromising about deletions and sanitisations, Fitzgerald preferred to let these stories lie in wait until their time came. They are published now in the collection I'D DIE FOR YOU: AND OTHER LOST STORIES.

Producer: Eilidh McCreadie.

15 minutes

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Role Contributor
Reader Finn den Hertog
Author F Scott Fitzgerald
Producer Eilidh McCreadie

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