Dalyrimple Goes Wrong

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Dalyrimple Goes Wrong by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald | Published: February 1920

Dalyrimple Goes Wrong Synopsis

"Dalyrimple Goes Wrong" is a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It was first published in The Smart Set in February 1920 and subsequently in the short story collection Flappers and Philosophers in the same year. This short story came to fruition because Edmund Wilson wrote to Fitzgerald and requested that he contribute to a collection of war stories. Though Fitzgerald accepted Wilson's challenge, he sent his final draft titled "Variety" to his new agent Paul Revere Reynolds, but Reynolds could not sell it. Subsequently, Fitzgerald changed the story title to "Dalyrimple Goes Wrong" and sent it along with the short story ("Porcelain and Pink") to The Smart Set.

After World War 1, Dalyrimple returns to his hometown as a war hero. When the initial excitement fades, he is stuck with a job with no fulfillment and little opportunity for growth. He becomes frustrated by it, and due to his frustration, he makes several risky decisions, leading him to commit crimes.

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The generation which numbered Bryan Dalyrimple drifted out of adolescence to a mighty fanfare of trumpets. Bryan played the star in an affair which included a Lewis gun and a nine-day romp behind the retreating German lines, so luck triumphant or sentiment rampant awarded him a row of medals and on his arrival in the States he was told that he was second in importance only to General Pershing and Sergeant York. This was a lot of fun.

About F. Scott Fitzgerald

F Scott Fitzgerald is one of America's most iconic authors. Born in 1896 in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Fitzgerald was known for his thorough observations on the 1920s Jazz Age. He wrote four novels during his lifetime, including The Great Gatsby, which has become an American classic. His works are often characterized by their insight into the human experience and themes of love, loss, and ambition.

Throughout his life, he endured personal turmoil due to alcoholism and financial security struggles. Despite this, Fitzgerald is credited with helping to define modern American literature through his use of symbolism and vivid imagery to tell stories about people trying to make sense of their lives amid the changing tides of history. He died at age 44 in 1940 but left an impressive literary legacy that inspires readers today. Find out more about F. Scott Fitzgerald at sevenov.com.

F. Scott Fitzgerald's Books on PageVio

NovelsThis Side of Paradise | The Beautiful and Damned | The Great Gatsby | Tender Is the Night

Short Story CollectionsFlappers and Philosophers | Tales of the Jazz Age | All the Sad Young Men | Taps at Reveille | The Pat Hobby Stories | Collected Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald

PlaysThe Vegetable; or, From President to Postman

Here's a full list of F. Scott Fitzgerald's books.

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