The Jelly Bean
F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Jelly Bean is a short story written by F. Scott Fitzgerald that was first published in the literary magazine “The Metropolitan” in the May 1920 issue. It was later included in his 1922 collection of short stories, Tales from the Jazz Age. The Jelly Bean follows the life of Jim Powell, affectionately known as Jelly Bean, in the small town of Tarleton, Georgia. Jelly Bean is a young man who lives a carefree life, spending his days attending parties and socializing with friends. When he falls in love with Nancy, a wealthy young woman engaged to a successful businessman, Jelly Bean becomes obsessed with winning her heart and dreaming of a life of luxury and comfort. However, his dreams are shattered, and he is forced to confront the limitations of his own life and the harsh reality of the world around him. The Jelly Bean explores themes of the conflict between youth and ambition, and class and social mobility, and its enduring relevance has made it an important example of Fitzgerald’s early work and literary legacy.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald
F. Scott Fitzgerald was an American novelist, short story writer, and essayist who was born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1896. He is considered one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century and is known for his novels, such as “The Great Gatsby” and “Tender Is the Night,” which explore the themes of the Jazz Age, the Roaring Twenties, and the American Dream. Fitzgerald’s writing is characterized by his vivid prose, his exploration of the complexities of the human psyche, and his examination of social and cultural issues of his time. His life was tumultuous, marked by personal struggles with alcoholism, financial difficulties, and a tumultuous marriage. However, despite these challenges, Fitzgerald’s literary legacy has endured, and his work continues to be celebrated for its beauty, insight, and enduring relevance.