xTilapin~ Short Stories

Babylon Revisited
and Other Stories

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Amazon's Synopsis
Providing a dramatic portrait of American manners and mores during the 1920s and 1930s, a collection of ten stories probes the false security of wealth, the emotional sterility fostered by technology, and the fragile nature of human existence.


Flappers and Philosophers
F. Scott Fitzgerald

Amazon's Notes:

First published in 1920, this book marked F. Scott Fitzgerald's entry into the realm of the short story. This is the only edition available containing the complete original collection of all eight classic stories. This short story collection plumbs the depths of human feeling with a perspicacity that is quintessential Fitzgerald.

Complete Stories
Dorothy R. Parker

Dorothy Parker's quips and light verse have become part of the American literary landscape, but, as this new collection of her complete short stories demonstrates, Parker's talents extended far beyond brash one-liners and clever rhymes. Many of the stories, originally written for magazines, have never been collected before.

Dorothy Parker's quips and light verse have become part of the American literary landscape, but, as this collection of her complete short stories demonstrates, Parker's talents extended far beyond brash one-liners and clever rhymes. Her stories not only bring to life the urban milieu that was her bailiwick but lay bare the uncertainties and disappointments of ordinary people living ordinary lives.

Nine Stories
J. D. Salinger

The greatest piece in this disturbing book may be "The Laughing Man," which starts out as a man's recollection of the pleasures of storytelling and ends with the intersection between adult need and childish innocence. The narrator remembers how, at nine, he and his fellow Comanches would be picked up each afternoon by the Chief--a Staten Island law student paid to keep them busy. At the end of each day, the Chief winds them down with the saga of a hideously deformed, gentle, world-class criminal. With his stalwart companions, which include "a glib timber wolf" and "a lovable dwarf," the Laughing Man regularly crosses the Paris-China border in order to avoid capture by "the internationally famous detective" Marcel Dufarge and his daughter, "an exquisite girl, though something of a transvestite." The masked hero's luck comes to an end on the same day that things go awry between the Chief and his girlfriend, hardly a coincidence. "A few minutes later, when I stepped out of the Chief's bus, the first thing I chanced to see was a piece of red tissue paper flapping in the wind against the base of a lamppost. It looked like someone's poppy-petal mask. I arrived home with my teeth chattering uncontrollably and was told to go straight to bed."

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