The Galley Beggar Press
Short Story Prize 2017/18
Classic Stories No. 8:
F. SCOTT FITZGERALD, ‘Babylon Revisited’
ONCE A WEEK, and while submissions are open for the GBP Short Story Prize 2017/18, we’ll be posting a short story for our friends and entrants to access freely.
Eighth is F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘Babylon Revisited’, chosen by GBP Short Story Prize judge and Galley Beggar co-director Eloise Millar. Of this choice, Eloise writes:
‘How many writers can present a sentence as well – or as beautifully – as F. Scott Fitzgerald? Some, undoubtedly – but certainly not many. As to his short stories and in particular Babylon Revisited, I can’t put it better than last year’s GBP Prize judge Chris Power, and his excellent Guardian article on Fitzgerald (linked below): “An account of the previously dissolute Charlie Wales’s attempt to convince his daughter’s guardians that he has reformed, [Babylon Revisited] implies not only the hazardously fragile nature of Charlie's desire to be a better person, but also the entire giddy rush of the 1920s, of youthful success and its seamy underbelly, and of the shell-shock experienced by a generation when their limitless, impregnable world collapsed around them. In short, it is a devastating essay on the nature of what its author would later term qualified unhappiness.’
You can read ‘Babylon Revisited’ here.
And Chris Power’s article on Fitzgerald’s short fiction here.
To learn more about this year’s prize, head here.
Scroll down to read more of our judge’s classic story selections.