Crazy Sunday

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"Crazy Sunday" is a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald originally published in the October 1932 issue of American Mercury.


The story concentrates on the young screenwriter, Joel Coles. He is 28 years, but he is still reached nothing in this life. In a one word, he is a loser. But in one day, he was lucky. He was invited to the house by Miles and Stella Calman. Every Sunday they arrange at home a party where stars and masters of the film industry get together. He wanted to show a sketch to be appreciated by professionals. But he was dishonored. After that he was very upset, but Stella, his friend since his living in New York, calmed him down and invited him to a party again the next Sunday. There Stella told him about her awful tragedy. Her husband had a relationship with her best friend and it disturbs her awfully. During Stella's ardent tirade, Joel unexpectedly understood that he loves her. Some days after that, Stella called Joel and invited him to keep her company in Saturday evening as her husband left. But in the evening when Joel and Stella were at her home, phone called and Stella was informed that her husband died in a plane crash. And Joel understood that she really loved Miles despite his mistakes.


The short story is noteworthy because although Fitzgerald commanded respectable compensation and respect for his work, "Crazy Sunday" was turned down by nearly a dozen magazines before its eventual acceptance by American Mercury.

Fitzgerald is said to have refused all requests to revise the story as suggested, and later mandated, by editors. Thus, the story retained the original length and content, despite any risk of controversy. The story is reportedly based on Fitzgerald's own experiences at a similar party hosted by Norma Shearer and Irving Thalberg during the time Fitzgerald was working in Hollywood. The story also illustrates the dangers of alcoholism.

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