The Fiend by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald | Published: January 1935
The Fiend Synopsis
"The Fiend" is a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Unlike many of Fitzgerald's other stories, this short tale dives into the themes of humanity, friendship, and revenge. It was published in Esquire on January 1935. Later, it was also published in Taps at Reveille in the same year.
Crenshaw Engels experienced a devastating loss when his wife and child were killed by The Fiend. The tragedy had such a profound impact on Crenshaw that it completely disrupted his life, causing significant mental distress. Crenshaw was so consumed by grief and anger that he even contemplated seeking revenge by attempting to kill The Fiend.
Excerpt from The Fiend Online Book
On June 3, 1895, on a country road near Stillwater, Minnesota, Mrs. Crenshaw Engels and her seven year old son, Mark, were waylaid and murdered by a fiend, under circumstances so atrocious that, fortunately, it is not necessary to set them down here.
Crenshaw Engels, the husband and father, was a photographer in Stillwater. He was a great reader and considered "a little unsafe," for he had spoken his mind frankly about the railroad-agrarian struggles of the time--but no one denied that he was a devoted family man, and the catastrophe visited upon him hung over the little town for many weeks.
About F. Scott Fitzgerald
F Scott Fitzgerald is one of the most iconic American writers from the 20th century. Fitzgerald was born to a middle-class family in Saint Paul, Minnesota, on September 24, 1896. He attended Princeton University but dropped out after his first year to join the US Army during World War I. After returning home, Fitzgerald began writing stories for magazines. In 1920, he married Zelda Sayre, and they soon became fixtures of New York City's social scene. During this time, he penned four novels: This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and Damned, The Great Gatsby, and Tender is The Night. Find out more about F. Scott Fitzgerald at sevenov.com.
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