F. Scott Fitzgerald short story is published 66 years later(Read article summary)
Fitzgerald's grandchildren found the story, 'Thank You for the Light,' among the author's papers.
A story by F. Scott Fitzgerald that was rejected by The New Yorker in 1936 is running in the magazine this week after Fitzgeraldâ€™s grandchildren discovered it in his papers.
The story, titled â€śThank You for the Light,â€ť centers on a woman who sells corsets and who loves cigarettes but faces social disapproval for smoking. The woman, Mrs. Hansen, enters a church to smoke, not wanting to do so in public, and has her cigarette mysteriously catch on fire. The story is a page long.
At the time, staff at The New Yorker told Fitzgerald that running the story was â€śaltogether out of the question,â€ť according to the New York Times.
â€śIt seems to us so curious and so unlike the kind of thing we associate with him and really too fantastic,â€ť the editors said.
Fitzgerald had published other works, including three short stories, in the magazine previously. The story was rejected 11 years after â€śThe Great Gatsbyâ€ť was released. Fitzgerald moved to Hollywood soon after in 1937.
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